Friday, April 24, 2009

Cut 8 wires and see what happens

Bruce Perens - A Cyber-Attack on an American City

The city of Morgan Hill and parts of three counties lost 911 service, cellular mobile telephone communications, land-line telephone, DSL internet and private networks, central station fire and burglar alarms, ATMs, credit card terminals, and monitoring of critical utilities. In addition, resources that should not have failed, like the local hospital's internal computer network, proved to be dependent on external resources, leaving the hospital with a "paper system" for the day.

The rest of the article is very interesting.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I reckon it wasn't a malicious attack, but either a DoD experiment or just a drill. It may be easy to "cut" cables (if indeed they were cut, and not just disconnected), but it takes a little inside knowledge to know exacly what to cut and where. The fact that there was not a witch hunt in the land of the itchy trigger finger shows that it was probably a planned event.

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