Hackers could blow up factories using smartphone apps
Eni | Flickr Connectivity Researchers have found worrying security holes in apps companies use to control industrial processes. by Martin Giles January 11, 2018 Many companies let workers monitor and manage machines—and sometimes entire industrial processes—via mobile apps. Two security researchers, Alexander Bolshev of IOActive and Ivan Yushkevich of Embedi, spent last year examining 34 apps from companies including Siemens and Schneider Electric. Bolshev declined to say which companies were the worst offenders or reveal the flaws in specific apps, but he said only two of the 34 had none at all. Some of the vulnerabilities the researchers discovered would allow hackers to interfere with data flowing between an app and the machine or process it’s linked to. Before publishing their findings, they contacted the companies whose apps had flaws in them.