Beware the "irrational" hacker

While the prospect of an all-out cyber war between nations is unlikely, it's the nebulous collective of hacktivists, extremists and rogue states that has the White House worried.

Cybersecurity researcher HD Moore discovered he could use the internet to access the controls of some 30 pipeline sensors around the country that were not password protected.

A hacking expert who helps companies uncover network vulnerabilities, Moore said he found the sensors last month while analysing information in huge, publicly available databases of internet-connected devices.

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