US chemical plants risk disastrous cyberattacks relying on guidance a decade out of date

Chemistryworld | June 08, 2020

Thousands of US chemical facilities rely on badly outdated cybersecurity guidance, making them vulnerable to hacking attacks that could not only cause economic damage but also chemical leaks or explosions, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit has found. 3300 chemical facilities in the US are classed as high-risk, meaning they use at least one of the 300 chemicals of interest. Included on this list are toxic and explosive compounds such as chlorine and cyclopropane, but also chemicals that might not be immediately dangerous if released but could be converted into weapons if stolen. Most chemical companies, including high-risk ones, have internet-connected devices as part of their process control systems. This allows, for example, instrument manufacturers to service their devices remotely. But as convenient as it might be, ‘a direct connection is not just for the vendor, it would be for everyone’, says cybersecurity expert Lori Ross O’Neil from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the US. Hackers taking control of the systems that operate a chemical plant could have catastrophic consequences, as an incident at an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia has shown.

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Invert Inc. | March 04, 2022

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Mullen Technologies, Inc. | February 28, 2022

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Univar Solutions Inc. | February 03, 2022

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Asahi Kasei | May 13, 2022

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