Nuclear power, defense workers leaking data through unsecure pagers

Joe Uchill reports:

Nuclear power plants, chemical plants, defense contractors and other highly sensitive industries and workers are leaking information through their pagers, a new report shows.

Pagers have been out of vogue with the public since the rise of the cellphone but are still used to send automated messages from industrial systems or building automation systems. They are a way to make sure employees can get critical updates — including alarms — even when they are away from consoles.

But legacy pager systems don’t use encryption to send data. Researchers at Trend Micro note that with little more than a $20 dongle anyone can intercept and understand the messages.

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