Wednesday, 13 July 2016

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The United Kingdom’s railway network is vulnerable to hackers and targeted attacks, finds a security researcher.

Sergey Gordeychik, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab in Moscow, told Sky News he’s found weaknesses in the UK’s rail infrastructure that hackers could exploit to target the digital systems controlling trains:

“Hackers can get access not only to simple things like online information boards or in-train entertainment, but also to computer systems which manage trains by itself, which manage signals, manage points, and in this case, if they have enough knowledge, then they can create real disaster related to train safety.”

Private security firm Darktrace detected four major attacks against the United Kingdom’s railway network over the last year.

Those attacks are thought to have been state-sponsored and exploratory–not disruptive–in nature, but that could change if other types of actors decided to scan the digital systems controlling the UK’s rails for vulnerabilities.

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