[ISN] Things Can Go Kaboom When a Defense Contractor’s 3-D Printer Gets Hacked

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/heres-why-you-dont-want-your-3-d-printer-get-hacked/93923/ By Aliya Sternstein Nextgov.com September 11, 2014 Defense companies that manufacture parts with three-dimensional printers using metal powders might want to heed forthcoming government-issued standards for preventing hacks. Not only can attackers steal proprietary designs by breaching the machines’ data files – but they can also cause physical damage to production plants and employees. “A compromise may affect the confidentiality, integrity or availability of both the device and the information it processes,” state National Institute of Standards and Technology draft guidelines for avoiding 3-D printer breaches. Military contractors increasingly are using the machines to mass-produce components for weapons systems, vehicles and other hardware to save time and money. 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, creates solid objects by layering thin sheets of material following the instructions of a digital computer file. […]