DHS confirms hackers could ‘remotely reprogram and manipulate’ cells at federal prisons


Jordan Bloom
The Daily Caller
November 7, 2011

A panel of experts presented some startling findings at the Hacker Halted conference, prompting the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Prisons to re-evaluate their digital security systems. A study conducted by a former CIA officer has shown that for less than $2,500, hackers could overload the circuits in prison doors, springing them permanently open.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke told The Washington Times that the Federal Bureau of Prisons is “aware of this research and [is] taking it very seriously.”

John Strauchs, Teague Newman and Tiffany Rad developed attacks in the basement of a Washington, D.C. home that could bring a prison’s programmable logic controllers and industrial control systems offline.

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