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Kaspersky plans software for securing nuclear plants

CNBC -- DUBAI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Russian anti-virus software company Kaspersky Lab is developing a secure operating system to run computers inside nuclear power plants and other vital infrastructure and industrial plants, its founder and CEO said on Tuesday.

Energy and water plants, factories and transportation systems are typically run with SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems that are accessible via conventional computer networks, making them vulnerable to hackers, Kaspersky said.

SCADA software is sometimes left unaltered for decades, which means that it does not get updates to protect against security bugs as they are discovered.


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Submitted Oct 17, 2012 By: NOTSOGRN
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Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 11:02:17 PM

repeat
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 5:28:51 AM

Yikes
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 2:40:10 AM

i prefer American security products thank you.
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:30:59 AM


>> "I think I once played a game of chess on-line with that nuclear plant computer. Or was it checkers. Can't remember.... "
>> —g303v303g

…As long as it's not "Global Thermonuclear War."
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:15:32 AM

rahcat - "Not related to gas prices."

You don't think refineries and pipelines use SCADA systems?
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 12:14:35 AM

From the article:
Earlier this month U.S. lawmakers said China's top telecom equipment makers should be shut out of the U.S. market as they posed a potential security threat, but Kaspersky was unconcerned that his new operating system might attract similar concerns.

"This system is quite compact - it's easy to check it doesn't have extra functionality - you own it," he added.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:29:08 PM

What could possibly go wrong?
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:20:38 PM

excellent!!
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:16:11 PM

That is what I want; Russian software controlling US nuclear reactors. No way is that a good idea.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:15:18 PM

Well it can be hacked, if someone wants too!
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:15:12 PM

KEEP the AdWare out of the software
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:13:06 PM

one more tool, one more window in.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:10:49 PM

Good!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:08:14 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:08:13 PM

After Stuxnet, this sounds like a good deal
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:07:44 PM

Scary Stuff.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:07:42 PM

Good
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:05:15 PM

Keep it off the web and away from gas pricing.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:05:05 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:04:54 PM

Not related to gas prices.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:02:54 PM

This relates to gas pricing ???
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:58:10 PM

Why are they on the web???
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:57:35 PM

Security is very important.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:56:17 PM

anything somebody want to get into they will
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:56:04 PM

great idea
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:54:11 PM

any company can propose a system no guarantee it will work
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:53:30 PM

Well,virus has anti-virus..nuclear has anti-nuclear..lol
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:52:34 PM

I had them as my anti-virus - It don't work.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:52:11 PM


“Kaspersky WHO?????”

Eugene Kaspersky.   RTFA
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:50:13 PM

Why do we think the Russians should be left to deal with our national security??
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:49:29 PM


Hmmmm, do we really want Russian-designed software running our vital infrastructure?
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:48:47 PM

how about making it so they don't need software to be secure?
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:47:33 PM

Kaspersky WHO?????
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:47:04 PM

Hope it works.
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OK
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:36:01 PM

I think I once played a game of chess on-line with that nulear plant computer. Or was it checkers. Can't remember....
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:34:52 PM

This post sounds pretty off topic to me.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:28:36 PM

not the top software company...
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:28:04 PM

Go get'em Jimprice hunter. I was going to gothere too. Russia wants a piece of us (US)! What don't you get about it. This is the exact disaster we do not want to have leashed on us. Can you say the former USA.... NOT ! ; I
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:25:46 PM

It just blows me away the they connect nuclear power plants to the WWW. Wouldn't a secure network be much smarter?
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:25:08 PM

don't trust the ruskies at all
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:21:29 PM

Why should I be surprised that so many of you readers are surprised to hear this?

But further comment: coming from Russia (with love)and a from a former "hactivist" himself. Oh boy! There are so many comments I would like to have time to make here! ...including agreeing with someone who commented on the craziness of these computers running on a direct connection to the www.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:19:49 PM

Interesting article...
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:19:21 PM

this will get us at least 6 more mpg and $2.00 or more off a gallon at the pump ...LOL
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:13:52 PM

They'll update after they've been hit. It cost to much now.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:08:35 PM

not updated for security bugs---comforting
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:08:08 PM

Sounds like a good idea.
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:06:07 PM

this is crazy
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:01:26 PM

achas said "the operation computer have no need to be connected to anything outsude the facility."

Correct. And yet the vast majority of them are on the public internet. The stupidity of this should be obvious to anyone with a brain.
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