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Severe Vulnerabilities Found in Most Industrial Controllers

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Sedimentation basins at the O.B. Curtis water treatment facility in Ridgeland, MS.

The convergence of operational technology and information technology in “Internet of Things” devices such as routers and cameras means the threat is rising, Microsoft fears.

Credit: Rogelio V. Solis/AP

Three-quarters of devices that keep facilities like electricity and water treatment plants safe and operational have severe, unpatched cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to research first shared with The Cybersecurity 202.

Microsoft came up with that figure for high-severity vulnerabilities in industrial control devices based on an examination of its customers' operational technology networks.

It's the latest data point about a threat that, when hackers seize on it, can cause plenty of havoc.

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