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Cyber vulnerabilities around the U.S.  (Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
There were 198 attacks total

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that the number of cyber attacks launched against U.S. infrastructure in 2012 increased by over 50 percent, and over 7,000 key industrial control systems are vulnerable to attack.

According to the DHS report, the number of cyber attacks in the U.S. jumped by 52 percent in 2012. There were 198 attacks total, and some were successful.

The report noted that 82 of the attacks were against the energy sector; another 29 were against the water industry, seven against the chemical plants and six against nuclear companies. It was noted that these were just the cases that were reported -- there were likely several that were either unreported or undiscovered.

It doesn't end there, however. The security advocacy group InfraCritical used a special search engine to find Internet-connected devices, and it discovered about 500,000 devices that tap into important control systems.

When presenting this to DHS, the agency conducted an investigation and found that 7,200 devices were linked to key control systems. It is currently working to let system operators know about the vulnerabilities and close them down.

Back in May 2011, the Pentagon ruled that cyber attacks on the government could be considered an act of war.

Source: CNN Money

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It's only going to get worse
By Beenthere on 1/10/2013 11:03:21 PM , Rating: 2
The UK amongst others has acknowledged they are woefully unprepared for any military type cyber attack.

These attacks are like to increase worldwide exponentially as criminals use every means available to attack society. Until all countries get serious about cybercrime and proper punishment, the situation is hopeless and the law abiding public are the ones who will pay the price for the crimes, not the criminals.

RE: It's only going to get worse
By tng on 1/11/2013 8:52:24 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure why you were rated down on that.

My question is I wonder how many of those attacks were by the Chinese Government and how many were just 14 year olds in their moms basement.

RE: It's only going to get worse
By Webreviews on 1/11/2013 7:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
Remove volume from the equation and look at what are the successful attacks. That will remove most 14-year olds.

What remains, and what the forensic evidence of analysis points to, is China being behind a non-trivial number of the most successful attacks.

RE: It's only going to get worse
By Noya on 1/12/2013 9:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
And how many attacks do we launch against China every year?

RE: It's only going to get worse
By Ammohunt on 1/14/2013 2:14:17 PM , Rating: 2
And how many inane unrelated questions do you post each year?

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