How a port misconfiguration exposed critical infrastructure data

August 10, 2017


Much has already been said and written about the dangers of potential cyber attacks targeting the electric/power grid. And in Ukraine, they’ve already gone from theoretical scenarios to actual attacks.

More limited attacks hitting companies’ electrical systems are also possible, especially when information that provides insight into those systems’ weak points is freely accessible online.

If you think that such a thing is unlikely, you probably haven’t yet heard about the most recent discovery made by UpGuard researchers: an open port used for rsync server synchronization has left the network of Power Quality Engineering (PQE) wide open to malicious attackers.

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