The slumbering giant that is the Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) has stirred at the news concerning a reported SSL vulnerability with Siemens RuggedCom network equipment. The DHS 's interest is because that type of gear is used in ICS (Industrial Control Systems) for things that could be critical to the national interest should they be hacked; power plants, water treatment plants, etc. SCADA password vulnerabilities have been an open secret for years.
TechSpotRuggedCom’s routers are deployed extensively worldwide for mission-critical networks using ICS and SCADA equipment. They are used by electric sub-stations, railroad switches, the US Navy, Chevron and other authorities such as the Department of Transportation, opening up countless avenues of attack for hackers wishing to target such services.