Cyber attacks could shutdown cities

A new CSIRO report warns that the dangers of cyber attacks are being greatly overlooked in Australia.

Cyber attacks could shutdown cities

A new CSIRO report warns that the dangers of cyber attacks are being greatly overlooked in Australia.

Released earlier this month, the report details in depth the ways in which Australia is becoming a more technologically reliant nation. While this is certainly not a bad thing, the inherent issue of the situation is the danger of cyber attacks, a danger which the CSIRO highlights and discusses possible solutions.

Systems such as electricity and water management which have traditionally been self-contained are now being merged with online services. Although this is certain to bring major improvements to functionality, in its current state it will also bring increased danger. A trend of cyber attacks on these systems is appearing; examples of these atrocious attacks include taking down the electricity of entire cities during heat waves and pumping sewage into national parks. The ramifications of these attacks is not difficult to visualize, with serious heat waves already taking hundreds of lives, the absence of electricity and air conditioning would cause these figures to climb.

These attacks are being made possible due to a widespread negligence to improve the security of these systems, which the CSIRO believes is due to the relatively low amount of attacks that are reported.

If this trend of cyber attacks continues to climb, will digital security be able to keep up with the onslaught of attacks? Or does our government need to take more action to stop this from happening right now?

The full report entitled “Enabling Australia’s Digital Future: Cyber Security Trends and Implications” is available on the CSIRO website.





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    doggone
    29th May 2014
    9:31am
    why care? our illustrious government has cut back funding for the csiro, the author of this report.
    unicorn
    29th May 2014
    10:41am
    I agree so if our cities get shut down through such an attack we have Tony & Joe to blame...
    particolor
    29th May 2014
    9:50pm
    I lost one computer to Hackers 2 years back !! So what !! I threw it in the Dirt Tin and picked another Clean one up at a Garage Sale on Saturday for 20 Bucks ..Prob solved !!..Just Back up your Stuff on an External Hard Drive if its that Important ...
    Anonymous
    29th May 2014
    10:12pm
    They probably put a trojan on it before selling to you and having been watching everything you do since. I hope you don't have a video camera!
    particolor
    29th May 2014
    10:30pm
    Nope No Cam !!..Haven't had a Problem for Years now !!.. Zone Alarm seems to catch most of the Creepy Geeks !!
    particolor
    29th May 2014
    10:37pm
    Ps ..Yeah I know what You mean now !! I got it from a Garage Sale but some one I knew !!
    Getting Older...
    29th May 2014
    2:34pm
    As a working Systems Engineer who use to design communications systems linking power switchgear, It is illogical to connect our utilities's data networks to the internet, these organizations cannot guarantee security (no one can). If the network only relayed status data and not commands then the risks would be minimal... but still present. They really need to consider sticking to a closed network that is not publicly accessible.
    Pass the Ductape
    29th May 2014
    5:52pm
    It will only worry those who spend most of their life sitting in front of a computer. I spend 99.9% of my time working out in the fresh air (yes, it can still be observed when one leaves the house) so I don't feel the need to be concerned what-so-ever!
    Anonymous
    29th May 2014
    8:30pm
    Yeah - it would only worry most businesses who use computers to do massive amounts of revenue generation that people sit in front of being productive and who pay taxes and then pay their workers, who also pay taxes - that then gets paid to pensioners so they can eat, or Centrelink uses to get and send client data or the banks that pay the money to them, etc, etc, etc?

    Yep - that certainly will ONLY worry those that sit in front of computers most of their life - eh!

    Perchance, have you tried to eat fresh air?
    particolor
    29th May 2014
    11:09pm
    Yes!! 99.9% of the time !! Breathing and Tiptoeing Through the Tulips !!


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