There is a lot of emphasis on computer security these days. Strong passwords, encryption, the whole nine yards. Apparently no one told a community called South Houston in Texas, USA. According to various confirmed reports, the municipality was using a simple three-character password to protect its Internet-facing SCADA system, which controls water and sewage systems. This system was accessed by a hacker known only as pr0f as a proof of concept. Yikes.
"This was barely a hack. A child who knows how the HMI that comes with Simatic works could have accomplished this,� hacker pr0f said in an email. He went on to call the error an example of gross stupidity.� Pr0f claims to have used a simple port scanner to look for instances of SCADA systems with web interfaces after being angered by the US Department of Homeland Security's downplay of an earlier unrelated SCADA attack.