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Hackers built proof-of-concept malware that can spread from turbine to turbine to paralyze or damage them.

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ON A SUNNY day last summer, in the middle of a vast cornfield somewhere in the large, windy middle of America, two researchers from the University of Tulsa stepped into an oven-hot, elevator-sized chamber within the base of a 300-foot-tall wind turbine. They’d picked the simple pin-and-tumbler lock on the turbine’s metal door in less than a minute and opened the unsecured server closet inside.
Jason Staggs, a tall 28-year-old Oklahoman, quickly unplugged a network cable and inserted it into a Raspberry Pi minicomputer, the size of a deck of cards, that had been fitted with a Wi-Fi antenna. He switched on the Pi and attached another Ethernet cable from the minicomputer into an open port on a programmable automation controller, a microwave-sized computer that controlled the turbine. The two men then closed the door behind them and walked back to the white van they’d driven down a gravel path…

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One thought on “Hackers built proof-of-concept malware that can spread from turbine to turbine to paralyze or damage them.

  1. If paralysis was spread from turbine to turbine, would this mean that the noise, the low frequency noise modulations and the infrasound would end permanently and nearby residents would no longer be harmed?

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