Pipeline Industry

Copyright 2010 by Stephen Vermeulen
Last updated: 2010 Nov 27

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Pipeline Simulation

Pipe flow

SCADA Systems

  • 2010-Nov-27: Slashdot discusses testing utility SCADA security. [9438] [1]
  • 2009-May-01: pymodbus, possibly an implementation of the modbus protocol in Python. [7928] [1]
  • 2009-Apr-08: The US electric grid is thought to have been penetrated by spies. [7841] [1]
  • 2009-Apr-06: Lessons could be learned from the Three Mile Island disaster. [7833] [1]
  • 2009-Mar-24: Another report of hackers penetrating control systems. This mentions the Bellingham Washington gasoline spill, but that was not due to hackers. [7782] [1]
  • 2009-Feb-12: The CIA once booby trapped pipeline control software that the Russians were illegally purchasing, this lead to a large pipeline explosion in 1982. I wonder what the SAT procedures for this feature were. [7563]
  • 2008-Sep-11: One attack against a SCADA system has now been published. Some of the Slashdot discussion gives a hint of how frequently these systems may actually be connected to the Internet rather than being completely isolated as one might at first think. [6831] [1]
  • 2008-Jun-07: Be careful with software updates on real-time systems, this update caused a nuclear power plant to shut down. [6301]
  • 2008-Jan-21: Slashdot discusses the CIA's claims that cyber attacks have blacked out cities, including one in the US. While this sounds pretty far-fetched, the claimed approach of attacking the SCADA system (which is the brain and nerves of the whole system) is plausible, especially when coupled with lax security practices (like installing WiFi on the internal LAN). Additional coverage on Engadget too. [4970] [1]
  • WorkSmart Automation, makes ReportBuilder a tool package for building SCADA reports in Excel [1874]
  • Telvent, provides SCADA systems in a wide range of markets [1873]
  • Bentek Systems, provides SCADA products including RTU and communications [1872]

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