Control your life support via the Internet!

Security: Romania Emerges As Nexus of Cybercrime (AP). Contains this glorious nightmare scenario:

BUCHAREST, Romania – It was nearly 70 degrees below zero outside, but the e-mail on a computer at the South Pole Research Center sent a different kind of chill through the scientists inside.

‘I’ve hacked into the server. Pay me off or I’ll sell the station’s data to another country and tell the world how vulnerable you are,’ the message warned.

Proving it was no hoax, the message included scientific data showing the extortionist had roamed freely around the server, which controlled the 50 researchers’ life-support systems.

One question: why was an internet-connected computer controlling the life support systems? eeek.

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