Curious researcher may have deflected major cyber attack
By: SGN Staff
A cyber security researcher who had bought RuggedCom equipment and tested it found a critical security vulnerability. He notified the company about the issue last April, but heard nothing back for a year. When he contacted the company about the issue again in mid-April of this year, he was told it would need three more weeks to notify its customers, according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor.
What the researcher, Justin W. Clarke, found was a back door in the product he tested, "...a secret factory log-in that could allow the manufacturer to enter the equipment's control systems without anyone knowing," according to the news article. He also discovered the password protecting the back door could be easily hacked, which could jeopardize electric grids, railroads and military systems and leave them vulnerable.