“HACKED!” – Monday 27 May 2013
While debate rages over Australia’s border security, there’s growing evidence that the greatest threat to Australia’s national security potentially comes from foreign computer hackers. Few in government or business will admit the full extent of the break-ins, with one expert calling it a “dirty little secret”.
Relevant comments on smart grid security taken directly from ABC Four Corners “Hacked” transcript
“ANDREW FOWLER: The shutting down of the satellite and the attack on the Iranian facility served as a warning, that infrastructure is in the front line. Dams and electricity generating plants, anything using computerised systems are vulnerable to cyber attack.
JOHN BLACKBURN: What’s happened over time is we’re becoming more and more reliant on this cyber domain. It’s a, it’s a nice buzz word but it’s basically the way everything functions and operates today and more so in the future. For example, the use of smart grids in the electricity networks and wireless connectivity for those. It makes a lot of sense financially or economically and it’s far more efficient but have we designed those systems to address the potential threats to them and in my view that hasn’t been done well.”
To see the full transcript and recording of the program please go to ABC Four Corners – Hacked