Every IT specialist worth his salt wouldn’t connect a critical SCADA system to the Internet without the strictest of precautions. It seems that people like that don’t work for critical US infrastructure facilities.
Remember Stuxnet, anyone? It never became totally clear who was behind – speculations range from the CIA to Mossad to the flying spaghetti monster; at least two of these might be interested in Stuxnet's main target, Iranian nuclear facilities with neglected Windows installations. Now, parts of Stuxnet's code seem to have been recycled in a different type of malware, a trojan horse.
What’s more preferable to visit: CeBIT or embedded world 2011? That may have been a relevant question last week, since both trade shows took place quite at the same time last week. Well, that’s somehow hard to decide: It goes without saying that everything at CeBIT 2011 (1 to 5 March) revolves primarily around bits, bytes and innovative technologies, such as new smartphones and tablet computers.
People like me and maybe you who knew the Internet even before this chap in Geneva invented the World Wide Web know what it’s content always was supposed to be: free, at least free of cost. This seems to change (slowly), but offers like a freely downloadable Ethernet platform indicates that this school of thought is not completely fighting a losing battle.