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Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack

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AlbertL:
Looks like this will be the one that really focuses public attention on cybersecurity, due to the highly visible and widespread disruptions it's causing.

Gyro:
Apparently they didn't mean to shut the pipeline down though.... So there's that.  ;)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57050690

TimFox:
This looks to me as another example of the basic incentive problem for critical utilities:
If the only penalty to the company for insufficient investment in safety or reliability is a loss of income during the disruption, there is no incentive to invest heavily against a rare or unlikely situation.  A similar problem:  Blizzards hit Texas only every  10 years or so, so why spend large sums on winterization of facilities?

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