Hackers found and cracked this fake electricity substation network in just two days

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A test by a security company has shown just how fast poorly-secured industrial control systems (ICS) can fall prey to hackers.

Researchers at Cybereason set up a honeypot masquerading as a power transmission substation of a major electricity provider and analysed the actions of attackers.

The cyber attacks which took out Ukraine’s power grid have demonstrated the damage which can be done by hackers accessing critical infrastructure.

Cybereason’s honeypot was set up to replicate the information and operational technology (OT) environments of an industrial control system, along with an interface protected by a firewall which connected the two and allowed people to use both environments.

To attract attackers, researchers made sure the system featured common vulnerabilities found in ICS environments,

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