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[ISN] Decoy ICS/SCADA Water Utility Networks Hit By Attacks


By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Dark Reading
March 18, 2013

It took only a few hours before attackers started to hammer away at two decoy water utility networks stood up in a recent experiment that resulted in 39 attacks from 14 different nations over a 28-day period.

Researchers at Trend Micro built two honeypot-based architectures that mimic a typical ICS/SCADA environment, including one that included a Web-based application for a water pressure station. The goal was to determine what kinds of attacks and attackers are going after ICS/SCADA systems today, and the researchers were a bit surprised by some of what they saw.

Kyle Wilhoit, a researcher with Trend Micro who led the experiment, found that most attacks on ICS/SCADA systems appeared to come from China (35 percent), followed by the U.S. (19 percent) and Laos (12 percent).

"I had initially anticipated normal drive-by, automated attacks, not really any type of attack going in and trying to modify these systems. But it obviously went much differently," he says. "We got attacked quite a bit more and in different ways than we anticipated."


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