Cyberspace has become all pervasive. Every facet of a modern life has elements of cyberspace embedded in it. Therefore securing the cyberspace has become a necessity, which can no more be wished away. This space collate the news and views affecting the security of our cyberspace.
In June 2010, ONGC oil rigs using SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) industrial systems were found to be infected by the same worm. The oil major, whose control systems are run by ABB, didn’t face an immediate threat because the worm was programmed to target Siemens systems. However, with 247 onshore production facilities, 11 offshore processing complexes, 74 drilling rigs and 7,000 wells, all run by a centralised control system, an attack could have taken out India’s entire oil production for days, if not weeks.
Just a few weeks after that shocking discovery, Indian investigators also stumbled upon massive infections in a mega power project in Gujarat using SCADA systems controlling the generation and transmission network in western India. Investigators pieced together the evidence and launched a probe into other vulnerable systems that revealed facts that were too sensitive and complex to be made public. They discovered that the same attack was perfectly capable of knocking off signal and control systems on Delhi Metro’s crucial links, throwing the capital’s most used public transport system into chaos.