back to article Australian traffic lights need better security says auditor-general

The Auditor-General of the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) and the state's roads bureaucrats are at loggerheads over whether or not traffic signal infrastructure is vulnerable to attacks over the Internet. In a report on critical infrastructure security, the audit office asserts that “systems in place to manage …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    SCATS?

    No wonder the security is shit.

  2. Captain TickTock
    Stop

    Could've at least...

    used a photo of Australian traffic lights...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Could've at least...

      Especially since the new shit design makes the picture fill the whole page.

  3. TheOtherMatt
    Go

    DMR

    Actually back when SCATS was first developed it was called the Department of Main Roads; or DMR, Dozen Men Resting as we used to call it.

    The system originally ran largely on PDP-11s; so if you want a ready source of PDP-11 machines then you can scour the old control boxes for em.

  4. Alan Brown Silver badge

    Might have been PDP11s once

    "The auditor identifies key risks as being poor SCATS password control; and asserts that some servers in the network are only receiving anti-virus updates on a weekly basis (Transport for NSW {TfNSW} says servers have since been reconfigured to receive daily updates)."

    Firstly, why are critical infrastructure servers on a network where they may be exposed to viruses and secondly why are they running a OS which is that vulnerable to viruses in the first place?

    I think the auditor missed the elephant in the room.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thank You A-G

    I now have a new target :D

  6. Syntax Error

    Traffic lights

    WTF are traffic lights on the internet for anyway. Yet another example of things on the internet which on paper looks good but really should not.

    Here is another example. http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/01/internet-attack-could-shut-down-us-gasoline-stations/

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Die Hard 4.0

    Less of a yippee ki-yay and more of an instruction manual

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