This Week An Unprecedented Cyber-Attack Hit U.S. Power Grid


A first-of-its-kind cyberattack on the U.S. grid created blind spots at a grid control center and several small power generation sites in the United States, according to a document posted yesterday from the North American Electric Reliability Corp.


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This week saw some aftershocks from recent revelations about a large-scale iOS hacking campaign. Brokers of so-called zero day exploits—the kind that companies haven’t yet patched—have started charging more for Android hacks than iOS for the first time. And Apple finally released a statement that both criticized Google’s characterization of the attacks and downplayed the significance of the targeted surveillance of at least thousands of iPhone owners.

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We took a look at a bug in Supermicro hardware that could let hackers pull off a USB attack virtually. Google open-sourced its differential privacy tool, to help any company that crunches big data sets invade your privacy less in the process. And speaking of privacy, we detailed the 11 settings you need to check on Windows 10 to preserve yours.

And while it feels like forever ago that Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account got hacked, it’s worth revisiting exactly how it happened. (Twitter this week closed the texting loophole at the heart of it.) We also took a look at Jeremy Renner’s content moderation woes. Bet you weren’t expecting to see that sentence in your lifetime. More

I honestly can not comprehend the utter idiocy that went into the decision to link something as vital as the controls of the power grid to the internet. With the money and the stakes involved the entire thing should be on its own proprietary internal network with no connection whatsoever to the outside net. Anyone and everyone could see this sort of stuff coming like a freight train.

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