Four new methods of hacking were identified when fake networks setup for studying the
vulnerabilities of industrial system security were attacked by hackers. Industrial control systems are used to manage a wide range of critical systems like fire-suppression systems, chemical processing plants, building automation, power generation plants etc. These systems rely on IP-based networks like the internet for communication which makes them highly vulnerable to ransomware, malware and other malicious attacks.
The research was conducted by Industrial Defencia over a period of 13 months and consisting of 120 high interaction fake networks. The results were presented at a cyber-security conference. The study was a reflection of the poor state of affairs regarding ICS network security.