Hackers cancel industrial control system demo at DHS' request

A white-hat presentation on hacking infrastructure systems was canceled May 18 at the request of Homeland Security Department and Siemens representatives, reports Elinor Mills on CNET.com.

Independent security researchers Dillon Beresford and Brian Meixell were scheduled to demonstrate supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) vulnerabilities at the EC-Council’s TakeDown security conference in Dallas. According to CNET, Beresford had previously shared his slides with DHS and Siemens, and he decided not to disclose the information when they expressed security concerns.

SCADA systems typically are used in industrial control networks that monitor industrial, utility and infrastructure systems. Infrastructure systems have increasingly become a focus of malware attacks, such as the Stuxnet virus.  

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