Security audits

A presentation on Project Basecamp was a highlight of the conference. The talk presented the findings of a volunteer-led security audit of leading programmable logic controllers (PLCs). The audit found that decrepit hardware, buggy software and pitiful or nonexistent security features make thousands of PLCs vulnerable to trivial attacks by external hackers that could cause PLC devices to crash or run malicious code. Here Reid Wightman of the firm Digital Bond shows a closeup of the Modicon Quantum PLC displaying a “fail” signal after researchers succeeded in crashing the device.

A presentation on Project Basecamp was a highlight of the conference. The talk presented the findings of a volunteer-led security audit of leading programmable logic controllers (PLCs). The audit found that decrepit hardware, buggy software and pitiful or nonexistent security features make thousands of PLCs vulnerable to trivial attacks by external hackers that could cause PLC devices to crash or run malicious code. Here Reid Wightman of the firm Digital Bond shows a closeup of the Modicon Quantum PLC displaying a “fail” signal after researchers succeeded in crashing the device.

VIDEO Reid Wightman’s Project Basecamp presentation

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