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[ISN] Finland a haven for vulnerable SCADA systems
By Richard Chirgwin
22nd March 2013
Security researchers in Finland have turned up thousands of unsecured
Internet-facing SCADA systems in that country, using the Shodan search engine.
The researchers, from Aalto University, ran their test in January, and found
2,915 exposed systems running functions from building automation to transport
and water supply. Those responses were out of a total of 185,000 Finnish IP
addresses that responded to an HTTP request.
Exposed building automation systems, the researchers claimed, included a bank,
a gaol, and a hospital, according to communications and networking professor
Jukka Manner. The researchers claimed that many systems were vulnerable through
their remote user interfaces.
Interestingly, when the university re-ran its test in March, it found that a
large number of the systems had been removed from the Internet, although 1,969
of the systems were still present. âA lot of problems can â still be hidingâ,
according to research assistant Seppo Tillkainen, since as much as 30 percent
of the Finnish IP address space is still not mapped by Shodan.
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