i'm pretty sure this is staged, but it's still damn cool

This video of hackers taking over the lighting controls in an urban skyscraper in order to play the world’s most awesome game of Space Invaders is ominous proof that intruders really are eyeing utility control systems as targets, warns security vendor McAfee.

“Perhaps the first demo was just for fun, but the others will have less juvenile goals,” McAfee Avert Labs researcher Francois Paget blogged on Friday. “An attack can involve nationwide damage, a terrible effect on the public’s morale, and huge financial losses.”

Scary talk of intruders cracking SCADA systems to cause power outages and other mayhem has reached a fever pitch over the last year, even as confirmed incidents hover around 1999 levels — i.e., roughly zero.

No comments: