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StickyWidget (741415) writes "An emergency shutdown of a reactor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant was caused by signals from a worker's digital camera. Federal regulators said radio frequencies from a camera too close to a control panel interfered with a boiler pump that provides water to four steam generators. Water levels dropped, and Indian Point workers had to shut down the reactor two days before a scheduled refueling shutdown. No radiation was released.
Yep, you heard right. American nuclear power plants can be taken offline by standing too close to a panel with a powered up digital camera." Link to Original Source top
StickyWidget (741415) writes "At 8:19 this morning, a subscriber to the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report emailed to the Department of Homeland Security a note that said he was changing jobs, and would like to receive the DHS Daily at his new email address. The DHS Daily provides an open source news summary of articles involving the US infrastructure that might be of interest to the security community. It is distributed via email each day to (now obviously) thousands of individuals across the country, many in positions of power at government, private industry, and other organizations.
The email listserv was improperly configured, allowing the exposure of the names, phone numbers, titles, and organizations of many individuals involved in the security community. What's more, recipients of the emails continually sent emails back to the listserv, attempting to tell others not to send any more email, causing even more spam to accumulate. Computer Sciences Corporation, was outed in one of the emails by DHS personnel as being the contractor in charge of the listserv.
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StickyWidget (741415) writes "Researchers who launched an experimental cyber attack caused a generator to self-destruct, alarming the federal government and electrical industry about what might happen if such an attack were carried out on a larger scale. DHS acknowledged the experiment involved controlled hacking into a replica of a power plant's control system. Sources familiar with the test said researchers changed the operating cycle of the generator, sending it out of control. In a previously classified video of the test, the generator shakes and smokes as a direct result of the attack, and then stops.
"I can't say it [the vulnerability] has been eliminated. But I can say a lot of risk has been taken off the table," said Robert Jamison, acting undersecretary of DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate." Link to Original Source