CERN Hack Attack

After a hack attack CERN said:

"Scientists working at Cern, the organisation that runs the vast smasher, were worried about what the hackers could do because they were "one step away" from the computer control system of one of the huge detectors of the machine, a vast magnet that weighs 12,500 tons, measuring around 21 metres in length and 15 metres wide/high.
If they had hacked into a second computer network, they could have turned off parts of the vast detector and, said the insider, "it is hard enough to make these things work if no one is messing with it."

More here.

Uh huh, so let me get this straight, you guys have a machine that creates black holes and destroys universes (okay, slight exaggeration) and the chain of command for this “Evil Empire Style mega weapon” goes: Command and Control computer –> Web Server –> The General Public. WTF?!

Your membership of the “Really Smart Club” is hereby revoked with immediate effect. An application form for membership of the “Galactically Stupid Collective” is in the post. Jeez!

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One Response to CERN Hack Attack

  1. Andrew Wilson says:

    Of course, the insider telling the hackers what they could have done (could do?) has helped their security no end. 🙂

    Hackers were bound to compete to hack into such a massive public project. I’m surprised it was so easy though.

    Just a thought, Grid Computing uses less checks and balances in it’s transfer protocols (part of the reason it’s faster). I wonder if that was anything to do with it?

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