[AfrICANN-discuss] The world is moving gradually towards cyber war

Nii Narku Quaynor quaynor at ghana.com
Wed Oct 24 23:12:39 SAST 2012

Ack. Thus failure to follow guidelines and best practices is at issue? (ignorance, social engineering etc accessed vulnerabilities )

On Oct 24, 2012, at 20:14, Douglas Onyango <ondouglas at gmail.com> wrote:

> Nii,
> On 24 October 2012 14:04, Nii Narku Quaynor <quaynor at ghana.com> wrote:
>> Is the SA Electric grid SCADA connected to Internet ?
> I am not sure about SA, but I know about Uganda :-) (where I am from).
> The SCADA system isn't supposed to be connected to the Internet ---
> but you and I know it is idealistic to think this guideline is being
> followed.
> All to often networks supposed to be offline have been compromised by
> poor network configurations that allowed access to supposedly offline
> networks segments connected to online segments.
> A case in point is Stuxnet in Iran's case. The worm didn't use the
> Internet to propagate; instead: ignorance, social engineering and a
> host of other techniques were used very successfully to infect
> computers and networks that were not supposed to be connected online.
> I guess the take away here is that: it take more than just putting a
> computer/network offline to secure it from cyber attacks.
> Regards,
> -- 
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