[ISN] Gas companies fret about hacker threat

From: mea culpa (jerichot_private)
Date: Tue Jul 21 1998 - 09:59:25 PDT

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    Forwarded From: William Knowles <erehwont_private>
    Originally From: Declan McCullagh <declant_private>
    TIME.com / The Netly News
    July 15, 1998
    Gas Companies Examine Hacker Threat
    By Declan McCullagh (declant_private)
    Most people don't think of gas companies as prime targets for hacker
    attacks -- defense contractors and software companies usually figure
    higher on the list. But gas companies are starting to figure out that
    they're vulnerable to computer attacks, and this makes them a little
    skittish. Gas companies control resources with an awesome potential for
    mass destruction. In 1995, for example, when a routine subway construction
    dig in Korea hit a gas pipe, over 100 people died. 
    To swap reassurances and war stories, representatives from about 60
    companies gathered in Washington, DC this week for a "cyber-security" 
    confab sponsored by the Institute of Gas Technology. At risk from hackers,
    terrorists, or disgruntled employees are electronic systems that do
    everything from directing well drilling to regulating pipelines and
    compressor stations. 
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