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Can hackers turn off the lights?

When we think of large-scale cyber-attacks, most of us remember incidents where corporate or personal data was exposed, such as the leaked emails that emerged in the Sony hack.

We rarely hear of the risk of cyber-attacks on companies providing critical infrastructure; our power, gas, water and telecommunications. Yet according to information security researchers at the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering, this is a cyber threat that is very real and potentially catastrophic.

Disgruntled hacker Vitek Boden caused sewage spills in Queensland waterways. Waterkeeper Alliance Flickr

Disgruntled hacker Vitek Boden caused sewage spills in Queensland waterways. Waterkeeper Alliance Flickr

Discover how Dr Atif Ahmad and Dr Benjamin Rubinstein and their team in the Department of Computing and Information Systems are working to combat cyber-attacks in the original Pursuit article, Can hackers turn off the lights?

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