While the warning about the potential for cyberattacks against America may sound like a broken record, security officials are saying it’s time people sat up and paid attention. Security experts are admitting how easily cyber terrorists could decimate infrastructure in the United States.
Despite continued encouragement and even an executive order from the federal government for companies to upgrade their existing security systems, many of America’s key infrastructure controls are still easily accessible. Because of how reliant companies are on the Internet, it doesn’t take much to find one of these systems. A study released at the start of this year found about 7,200 IP addresses that are “directly related to control systems” within the United States. A different study found that American water-control systems could be found online with a simple Google search.