Saturday January 24, 2015

Internet Attack Could Shut Down US Gas Stations

The Internet of Things: The next big happening in our lives is forming around us almost without notice. Along with the opportunities it will present, it will also bring the possibility of being manipulated by those who would do us harm. One such security weakness is the automated tank gauges in almost 5300 gas stations across the country that are vulnerable to remote attacks.

The vulnerability of the gauges used to monitor gasoline tanks is the latest security issue plaguing consumer and industrial devices that are increasingly being connected to the Internet. Often called the Internet of Things, connecting such technology to the wider Internet poses security risks because many of the devices were created without much thought to security.