Very realistic

I’ve been reading through Kim Zetter’s excellent new book, Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon and saw this reference to Sandia (and indirectly, to my colleague John Mulder):

“In a 2009 report on 60 Minutes , researchers at Sandia National Lab showed how they could cause components at an oil refinery to overheat by simply changing the settings of a heating element and disabling the recirculation pumps that helped regulate the temperature.”

I found the article at, but haven’t been able to track down the actual video.

“The first thing we had to do was actually gain access to the network and that’s, we just got that as launch attack. And then we turn up the BTUs, and then we’re turning off the re-circulator pump. There we go,” Mulder said.

Mulder said this type is simulation is “very” realistic.