Even Prisons Can Get Hacked Now.

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  1. SamAsh07
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    Vulnerabilities in electronic systems that control prison doors could allow hackers or others to spring prisoners from their jail cells, according to researchers.

    Some of the same vulnerabilities that the Stuxnet superworm used to sabotage centrifuges at a nuclear plant in Iran exist in the country's top high-security prisons, according to security consultant and engineer John Strauchs, who plans to discuss the issue and demonstrate an exploit against the systems at the DefCon hacker conference next week in Las Vegas.

    Strauchs, who says he engineered or consulted on electronic security systems in more than 100 prisons, courthouses and police stations throughout the U.S. - including eight maximum-security prisons - says the prisons use programmable logic controllers to control locks on cells and other facility doors and gates. PLCs are the same devices that Stuxnet exploited to attack centrifuges in Iran.

    "Most people don't know how a prison or jail is designed, that's why no one has ever paid attention to it," says Strauchs. "How many people know they're built with the same kind of PLC used in centrifuges?"

    PLCs are small computers that can be programmed to control any number of things, such as the spinning of rotors, the dispensing of food into packaging on an assembly line or the opening of doors. Two models of PLCs made by the German-conglomerate Siemens were the target of Stuxnet, a sophisticated piece of malware discovered last year that was designed to intercept legitimate commands going to PLCs and replace them with malicious ones. Stuxnet's malicious commands are believed to have caused centrifuges in Iran to spin faster and slower than normal to sabotage the country's uranium enrichment capabilities.

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    Now now, cars, prisons. What is left really??
     


  2. koimayeul

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    if there was, electronic chastety belt? 1st duty to hack this [​IMG]

    scary news for prison doors, though
     
  3. machomuu

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    Is this really news? I mean, isn't this pretty obvious?
     
  4. Slyakin

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    Not exactly; Some people still think that prisons are run from good ol' industrial locks.
     
  5. machomuu

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    Oh, you're right.
     
  6. tajio

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    Oh come on, it's possible to hack any kind of technologies, you just need to know how to do it.
     
  7. RoyalCardMan

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    If you go into a prison for visiting, and if you see a guy stare out you with beady eyes like they will kill you, oh I hope you say your prayers. [​IMG]
     
  8. machomuu

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    That's be exciting. I've always wanted to get into a life threatening fight, it seems so exciting.

    ...but that's just me.
     
  9. Nathan Drake

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    I would think that notion would have been abandoned. Even in fake TV shows and movies, the prisons they use are hooked up electronically. A lot of the time, these prisons are no longer in use ones in real life, which implies that they are old unless somebody thought to spend an extra however much installing electronic locks throughout the entire place. Of course, I've also watched some other shows on one of those learning type channels where the prison doors were handled electronically.

    I dunno. In the age of technology, it just seems like common sense.
     
  10. FAST6191

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    Gah I would expect that kind of "computers- they be scary" nonsense from a regular news site but gizmondo supposedly covers tech (although I would not go so far as to accuse them of being a reliable news source on such matters). On the other hand with web design as bad as gizmondo I might have to take that back.

    The conference talk might well be pretty interesting but gah what a "movie plot" (thinking the term as used in security circles) style writeup.
     
  11. Marlonguppy

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    The good old fashioned locks are cheaper (and not so vulnerable), so that means less taxes because the locks are cheaper. WHY isn't the US government doing that? Because: they just don't really care. Much like other countries in Europe for example.
     
  12. ultimatedood

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    Well they are privately owned.
     
  13. DeathStrudel

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    Only some are and it's not even a majority. I'm not trying to be a jerk but you really shouldn't post things when you don't know what you're talking about
     
  14. RoyalCardMan

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    Prisons are actually paid off by our tax dollars(and if they are not, the government is probably spending it on vacations).

    Also, privately owned prisons are still supported by the local state(government).
    So, there isn't really such thing has a privately owned prison.
     
  15. Shuji1987

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    Next up, washing machines.
     
  16. RoyalCardMan

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    Oh boy, here comes the WM Monster

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  17. Godamit

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    I guess just like war, it seems interesting until you actually do it.
     
  18. DeathStrudel

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    I never said they weren't funded by the government...and saying "there isn't really such thing has a privately owned prison." is just wrong. They make a profit, if they didn't there would be no point for them to do it in the first place. TBH I'm not even sure why you posted anything
     
  19. RoyalCardMan

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    And, I said there isn't really such thing. Read the words I put in.
     
  20. ShawnTRods

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    This is just too much.
    Enough hacking already -.-