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  • Scary Ride on a Ski Lift

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      MrJimPhelps
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      How would you like to take a ride up the mountain on a ski lift whose control panel is wide open on the internet? This was recently the case in Innsbruck, Austria. There wasn’t even any login screen that someone would have to deal with.

      Settings for controlling the ski lift's speed, the distance between cable cars, and cable tension were all exposed in the open, along with logs and other data.

      https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ski-lift-in-austria-left-control-panel-open-on-the-internet/

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      geekdom
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      No, I would not like to take a ride on that ski lift. Expect to see more of same situation in the future.

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      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      At least the city of Innsbruck immediately shut down the ski lift and began a thorough security audit of the situation. That is encouraging.

      I don’t see any reason why they need to make something like that internet-accessible. It would be a lot safer to have someone onsite adjusting the controls, as opposed to someone sitting in an office somewhere else remotely making adjustments. I mean, this isn’t your thermostat or your coffee pot; this involves people’s lives.

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      • #187684 Reply

        anonymous

        Coffee pots and thermostats also should not be internet aware devices. :/

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