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Hacker Claims He Broke Into Wind Turbine Systems 105

Posted by samzenpus
from the I've-got-the-power dept.
itwbennett writes "Claiming revenge for an 'illegitimate firing,' someone has posted screenshots and other data, apparently showing that he was able to break into a 200 megawatt wind turbine system owned by NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Florida Power & Light. In an e-mail interview, Bgr R said he's a former employee who discovered a vulnerability in the company's Cisco security management software that he then used to hack into the SCADA systems used to control the turbines. His motive was to embarrass the company, he said."

Comment: They are called 'Flightstrips' (Score 1) 117

by Sonny_Jimbod (#35372310) Attached to: UK Controllers Say Air Traffic System 'Not Safe' I used to supply equipment to ATC environments, and it's comforting to know that even though they have millions of $$$'s to play with, the system integrators still understand the need for redundant systems. Every place I worked in used flightstrips alongside their computerised systems and I'm suprised that there are not using them here.

Comment: Cloned Cable modem MAC address? (Score 1) 276

by Sonny_Jimbod (#33324830) Attached to: Belgian ISP Claims One Customer Downloads 2.7TB
I'm not sure if it's possible with DOCSIS3 (or whether the ISP in question is using it, for that matter), but with DOCSIS2 it is possible for more than one cable modem to share a MAC address. This is quite common in people who want to get free internet, they simply clone the MAC address of a paying subscriber. This works fine as long as the two cable modems are on separate broadband router, so could it be possible it's just one guy selling 'cheap' internet access by method of cloned modems?

Comment: Re:Lots of good memories :) (Score 4, Interesting) 110

by Sonny_Jimbod (#33263332) Attached to: Keith Elwin Wins Pinball World Championship
I agree that Gary Sterns loves making pinball and that Stern doesn't make as much money as they used to. Trouble is, they are stuck in a catch-22 situation. It costs a lot of money to make a fun pinball, the cost of the designers, playfield manufacture and putting it all together all add up to be a lot. The more complicated a table is, the more it costs to produce. Also, traditionally new players don't really like playing the complicated games, as they don't have much of a clue as to what is going on. What Stern has been doing for the last couple of years now is just knocking out machines for as cheap as possible, with little in the way of features for the more discerning 'pinhead'. This is good (I suppose) for first time players and operators, but it sucks for anyone with half an interest in pinball. He's got rid of most of the good designers so now most Stern tables are just boring rehashes of ones from previous years. He really is treading water trying to keep the company afloat. It really is a shame to see machines from Williams/Bally during the mid-90's and what is being made today. A lot gets said on mailing lists as to what the future of pinball is, but I'm betting is going down the same route as Harley. The baby boomer demographic who has a bit of spare cash burning in their pocket is disappearing, and once they are gone, Pinball just isn't appealing to kids who have played Xbox/PS3 etc. I really hope another company pops up, but it's not likely.

Comment: Warning: Blatent plug for Open Source Pinball OS (Score 1) 110

by Sonny_Jimbod (#33263208) Attached to: Keith Elwin Wins Pinball World Championship
I've been working with a guy called Brian Dominy (last time I checked he was 132rd on the wppr) who has designed and created an open source operating system that runs on the original WPC hardware found in pinball tables: You can use it to change the rulesets and animations for WPC games, I have to admit it's been great fun working on the project and I'd encourage others to do so as well.

Comment: Re:They are 'anonymising' the data then selling it (Score 1) 139

by Sonny_Jimbod (#32639148) Attached to: TACO Extension for Firefox Forked After Proprietary Update
Your attitude towards this is what giving me conspiracy theories. How about listening to our concerns rather than calling us a bunch of tin-foil hatters? I really think this would be better handled by another Dev, who can actually understand why so many people are upset by this. I've been speaking to Eric Jung and he agrees that this was handled very, very badly. The only upside of this are that we have found that we cannot trust the Add-on devs to act for the good of the users.

Comment: Re:They are 'anonymising' the data then selling it (Score 1) 139

by Sonny_Jimbod (#32624862) Attached to: TACO Extension for Firefox Forked After Proprietary Update
They didn't do their job properly. They said they have a policy of 'No Suprises' and it's absolutely clear that this update surprised the hell out of a lot of people. How would you like it if your nice XP system suddenly turned into Vista, because of an 'upgrade'?

May the bluebird of happiness twiddle your bits.