A Preview Of Coming Attractions

So much for Homeland Security. From Russia, without love, hitting us where it really hurts.

Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says

Foreign hackers caused a pump at an Illinois water plant to fail last week, according to a preliminary state report. Experts said the cyber-attack, if confirmed, would be the first known to have damaged one of the systems that supply Americans with water, electricity and other essentials of modern life.

Companies and government agencies that rely on the Internet have for years been routine targets of hackers, but most incidents have resulted from attempts to steal information or interrupt the functioning of Web sites. The incident in Springfield, Ill., would mark a departure because it apparently caused physical destruction.

See also:
Was U.S. water utility hacked last week?
Foreign cyber attack hits US infrastructure: expert
Illinois Water Utility Pump Destroyed After Hack
H(ackers)2O: Attack on City Water Station Destroys Pump
Cyberattack investigation centers on Curran-Gardner water pump
Feds investigating whether Illinois “pump failure” was cyber attack
Broken water pump in Illinois caused by cyber-attack from Russia, claims expert, but DOH denies terrorism
Cyberattack on Illinois water utility may confirm Stuxnet warnings
Water utility hackers destroy pump, expert says
UPDATE 3-U.S. probes cyber attack on water system

The SCADA vulnerabilities to a remote attack have been known for years. The solution is real simple, DON’T CONNECT YOUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO THE INTERNET!

/how hard is that, is it going to take a disaster for us to learn this basic lesson?

No Vacancy At The Internet

The Internet is full, there’s no more room. Go away, find something else to do.

Last of Current Internet Addresses Doled Out to Distributors

It is official: the Internet finally has run out of addresses—sort of.

On Thursday morning, the organization that oversees Internet protocol addresses–sets of digits that help direct online traffic–doled out the last remaining batches of numbers under the current addressing system.

Internet experts hailed the event as a milestone in the evolution of the Web, one that will eventually require changes on the part of some companies and users. But it did not come as a surprise.

More than a decade ago, the Internet’s founding fathers realized that the roughly 4.3 billion addresses under the current system, known as IP version four, eventually would be exhausted. They created a new scheme with a practically unlimited number of addresses, dubbed IP version six, which is expected to succeed the original naming scheme.

See also:
Update: ICANN assigns its last IPv4 addresses
End of the line for internet addresses
The Internet’s IPv4 Gas Tank is running on empty
Supply of Internet addresses runs low
Web Running Out of Addresses
Internet will run out of IP addresses by Friday
World shrugs as IPv4 addresses finally exhausted
APNIC Triggers Last Of IANA IPv4 Free Pool Space Allocations
Final batch of IPv4 addresses assigned, exhaustion sets in
IP Addresses Are Running Out: What You Need to Know
Internet running out of addresses, new set needed
Vint Cerf, ‘Father’ of Internet, Weighs In on IPv4 Exhaustion
Net powers: IPv4 is over. All hail IPv6!
IPv4 & IPv6: A Short Guide

Okay, so the good news is that there’s already a new protocol for Internet addresses that will provide a practically limitless new supply. The bad news is, if your modem, router, operating system, or other Internet connection hardware or software is older, it might not be compatible with the new addressing system and you won’t be able to connect to the new web addresses.

/the moral of this story; if you’re buying any new or, especially, used hardware or software that connects to the Internet, make damn sure that it’s IPv6 compatible, you’ve been warned