Here is the wastewater system for an entire Irish county

Was available online.

POORLY PROTECTED: Dagbladet received this print screen, which shows one part of the online wastewater system belonging to Meath County Council. Photo: Screenshot
POORLY PROTECTED: Dagbladet received this print screen, which shows one part of the online wastewater system belonging to Meath County Council. Photo: Screenshot Vis mer
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(Dagbladet): A Scada system for the wastewater in Meath County in Ireland, just north of Dublin, has been available online - only protected with a default user name and password.

Dagbladet has received print screens showing different parts of the Irish system during our work on a series of articles about data security, «Null CTRL» («Zero CTRL»).

We showed the print screens to the owner, Meath County Council. After they looked into the problem, they sent the following comment by e-mail:

- I would like to thank you for making contact. Meath County Council is currently discussing improvements to our Scada system with our external service provider. User accounts have been reviewed with the service provider and some changes have been implemented, writes Administrative Officer Olive Falsey within Corporate Services in Meath County Council.

Monitoring purposes - The Council would also like to say that the SCADA system is for monitoring purposes and hence no remote adjustment of any of our facilities is possible, she writes.

Dagbladet has also shown the print screens to security consultant Eireann Leverett at Ioactive. He says that even though the panel might be a read-only user, this doesn't mean that it is safe.

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