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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 02:07 PM gHale

Process unit startups and shutdowns are significantly more hazardous than normal oil refinery or chemical facility operations. A startup is a planned series of steps to take a process from an idle, at rest, state to normal operation. A shutdown is the reverse sequence. The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), an industry-sponsored membership organization that identifies and addresses process safety needs within the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries, determined that a majority of process safety incidents occur during a plant startup, even though it represents only a small portion of the operating life of a plant. Process safety incidents

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 01:07 PM gHale

EDITOR’S NOTE: While digital technologies will support cost efficiency in a growing gas industry, greater connectivity can raise cyber risk. Oil and gas quality assurance and risk management company, DNV GL, released a recommendation on how to manage cyber threats to the operational technology of gas networks. The spread of digital technologies in the oil and gas industry is generating new opportunities to improve performance, profitability and sustainability, but it also brings new safety and security challenges in operations, including gas networks. Gas transmission system operators are looking at artificial intelligence, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), machine learning and

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:07 AM gHale

A Wicklow, Ireland, resident was finally extradited to the United States to face drug, computer intrusion and money laundering charges, officials said. Charges against Gary Davis, 30, stem from his involvement for the now defunct “dark web” marketplace Silk Road, law enforcement officials said. RELATED STORIES
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8 Busted in Email Fraud Schemes He was extradited to the United States to face charges in New York four years after his arrest, prosecutors said

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 04:07 PM gHale

ABB is currently investigating an improper input validation vulnerability and recommends users follow certain guidelines until a corrected version is available for its Panel Builder 800, according to a report with NCCIC. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user to open a specially crafted file, allowing the attacker to insert and run arbitrary code. This vulnerability requires user interaction, and the exploit is only triggered when a local user runs the affected product and loads the specially crafted file. RELATED STORIES
WAGO Fixes e!DISPLAY Holes
PEPPERL+FUCHS Releases Vulnerability Guidelines
Eaton Fixes

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 03:07 PM gHale

WAGO released new firmware to fix multiple vulnerabilities in its e!DISPLAY Web-Based-Management (WBM), according to a report with NCCIC. The vulnerabilities, discovered by T. Weber of SEC Consult, include a cross-site scripting, unrestricted upload of file with dangerous type, and an incorrect permissions for critical resource. RELATED STORIES
PEPPERL+FUCHS Releases Vulnerability Guidelines
Eaton Fixes Hole in 9000X Drive
Medtronic Updates N’Vision Issues
Siemens Clearing DoS Holes Successful exploitation of these remotely exploitable vulnerabilities, for which public exploits are available, could allow an attacker to execute code in the context of the user,

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 03:07 PM gHale

PEPPERL+FUCHS has a list of guidelines to follow to help mitigate an improper authentication vulnerability in its VisuNet RM, VisuNet PC and Box Thin Client (BTC), according to a report with NCCIC. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability, discovered by Eyal Karni, Yaron Zinar, and Roman Blachman with Preempt Research Labs, could allow attackers to intercept sensitive communications, establish a man-in-the-middle attack, achieve administrator privileges, and execute remote code. RELATED STORIES
Eaton Fixes Hole in 9000X Drive
Medtronic Updates N’Vision Issues
Siemens Clearing DoS Holes
Universal Robots Remediates Holes The following PEPPERL+FUCHS product

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 03:07 PM gHale

Rockwell Automation has new firmware to mitigate an improper input validation vulnerability in its Allen-Bradley CompactLogix and Compact GuardLogix, according to a report with NCCIC. Successful exploitation of this remotely exploitable vulnerability, discovered by Alexey Perepechko of Applied Risk, could result in a denial-of-service condition. As a result, the controller goes into a Major Non-Recoverable Fault (MNRF) state, which is considered safe. However, recovery requires the user to download the application program again. RELATED STORIES
Siemens Fixes SCALANCE, RUGGEDCOM, SIMATIC Flaw
Update for Natus Xltek NeuroWorks Hole
Schneider Fills U.motion Builder Holes
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Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:07 PM gHale

A 28-year-old woman seriously burned in a July 3 explosion at a southwest Missouri pyrotechnics company has died. Samantha Dean died from injuries suffered in the July 3 explosion at AM Pyrotechnics in Polk County, which supplies fireworks for big shows, Polk County Coroner Melissa Briton said Tuesday. RELATED STORIES
Firefighter Killed in WI Gas Blast
Disney Worker Killed, Another Hurt in Industrial Accidents
Woman Hurt after Fireworks Factory Blast
Upstate NY Scrap Yard Opens after Blaze Dean was injured during the July 3 explosion at the wholesale fireworks plant in Pleasant

Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:07 PM gHale

One firefighter died and at least a dozen other people were injured when a natural gas explosion, which started after a contractor punctured a gas line, leveled at least two buildings in Sun Prairie, WI, officials said. A gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie led to the Tuesday evening explosion, which ignited a fire. Billowing smoke could be seen for miles. RELATED STORIES
Disney Worker Killed, Another Hurt in Industrial Accidents
Woman Hurt after Fireworks Factory Blast
Upstate NY Scrap Yard Opens after Blaze
ME Pump Station Blast Clues Sought Cory Barr,

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 05:07 PM gHale

Consulting, engineering and systems integration provider, aeSolutions, earned Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7 Process Safety Specialist certification. “We are proud that aeSolutions is
the first Siemens Safety certified partner in the Americas,” said Ken O’Malley, president of Greenville, SC-based aeSolutions, which provides industrial process safety, cybersecurity and automation products and services. “This certification validates
our team’s commitment to being a
leader in safety instrumented systems engineering and system integration. Because we often support our customers’ most complex and critical processes we consider this level of competence and certification to be essential to our business.” RELATED STORIES
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