Data Center Equipment Exposed With Default Manufacturer User and Pass

Shodan Cataloging of Liebert & APC

(Disclaimer – It is not the intent of this post to point out a particular BAS software vendor.  The intent is to show that we, the system integrator, still have work ahead of us to do our part)

Last week I searched for Niagara systems on Shodan and the numbers were 27k plus in just the US.  This week the US number is down just over 15k.  This does not necessarily mean it will continue to go down.  It just means that is the number Shodan has picked up thus far.

This week I search for Liebert and APC.  These are typically used in data centers and you would not expect to find them exposed.  However, I was able to find some.  And the US is once again the leader in the pack of most exposed.

The good news is the number was only in the double digits for Liebert.  The number of exposed APC devices were significantly less than Niagara, but numbered close to 4,000.  The US was number one with 3,819 and the UK was number two with 578.

Checking out the details page of some sample units show the information available is fairly descriptive.

The image on the right shows a Liebert Challenger that (according to the location description) is in a server room.The application software is listed as well as the firmware version. 20150817_OB_CRAC_Bacnet
The image on the right is the detailed information for this public IP.It also list:

  • City
  • Country
  • Internet Service Provider
  • Last Update (this is the date and time Shodan last connected to the the site which was four hours before this screen capture)
  • Services – Telnet Port 23
  • Ports – 23, 80, 47808 (all default)
  • Etc.

Notice at the top is the street map.



Another example of potentially critical equipment that is exposed and cataloged by Shodan is APC.

The image below shows an APC SNMP device with an exposed IP which happens to be a power strip that controls VM, APP, and SQL servers.

The details for the exposed IP listed are:

  • City
  • Country
  • Internet Service Provider
  • Last Update (this is the date and time Shodan last connected to the the site which was three hours before this screen capture)
  • Services – Telnet Port 23
  • Ports – 23, 80, 161 (all default)
  • MIB version
  • Etc.

Notice at the top is the street map.


Like I said in the last post, we all know this is something that we cannot change overnight, and at the end of the day we cannot force the end user to spend the money and make the changes necessary to make their systems safer.  However, we need to architect new systems securely and make the necessary recommendation to our customers on how to secure their legacy systems.

If you would like more information on any of my other post, email me at

Top US Cities With Exposed Niagara Systems

And Other Scary Stats

(Disclaimer – It is not the intent of this post to point out a particular BAS software vendor.  The intent is to show that we, the system integrator, still have work ahead of us to do our part)

The information I list below I got by running a report on Shodan today (8/13/2015).  And it didn’t cost a dime and I didn’t have to use any query language… just plain ole English.

I opened the site ( and in the search bar I typed “niagara”.




Next I clicked the United States.

At this point I clicked “Create Report” to save this search in case I want to review the data later on.

Notice in the image above the number of exposed Niagara systems in the United States is 27,182.  I ran a report last week and the number was 15,948.  The numbers should be heading down, not up.

This number represents (if you divide it by the number states) an average of 543.64 Niagara systems per state that are exposed to the world with the only thing between them and a hack is a username and password in the Niagara station.



The top five cities are listed on the left from the search results.

  • Houston —– 384
  • Chicago —— 308
  • Denver ——- 301
  • Seattle ——– 104
  • Indianapolis –  83

The next thing listed is equally disturbing.  Not only are the systems exposed on the web with only a username and password to protect the system, most are riding on top of an operating system that is no longer supported by Microsoft.  Almost twice as many systems are running Windows XP than Windows 7 or 8.  Support ended for XP April 8, 2014.

The next most common operating system listed is Windows 7 or 8 (lumped together).  Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended January 13, 2015.  Windows 8.# still has support for a few years yet. This report does not distinguish between the two.



The image below shows the AX versions that are running.  This statistic is both encouraging and discouraging.

Apparently AX versions have been upgraded to more secure versions, but based on the statistics listed above, they were left exposed on the web and on an operating system that is no longer supported.



We all know this is something that we cannot change overnight, and at the end of the day we cannot force the end user to spend the money and make the changes necessary to make their systems safer.  However, we need to architect new systems securely and make the necessary recommendation to our customers on how to secure their legacy systems.

If you would like more information on any of my other post, email me at


Real-Time Threat Maps

If you haven’t seen these maps, it can be eye opening.  These are real-time and/or near real-time threat maps that are readily available online. 

  They cover traffic such as:

  • DDoS (distributed denial of service) the intentional paralyzing of a computer network by flooding it with data sent simultaneously from many individual computers
  • IDS (intrusion detection systems) network attacks detection flow
  • VUL (vulnerability scan) vulnerability detection flow
  • MAV (mail anti-virus) malware detection flow during Mail Anti-Virus scan when new objects appear in an email application
  • WAV (web anit-virus) shows malware detection flow during Web Anti-Virus scan when the html page of a website opens or a file is downloads
  • OAS (on-access scan) shows malware detection flow during On-Access Scan, i.e. when objects are accessed during open, copy, run or save operations
  • ODS (on demand scanner) shows malware detection flow during On-Demand Scan, when the user manually selects the “Scan for viruses
  • Attack types against (all types not listed):
    • telnet
    • SQL
    • domain
    • http
    • ssh

Various companies who are touting their cyber security offering like to throw these up behind them during photo ops.  They are impressive, but more importantly they show us the unseen cyber world and the fact we are under attack.

The list below includes pictures of the sites and the links to view them in real-time.

Live Norse Attack Map Norse collects and analyzes live threat intelligence from darknets in hundreds of locations in over 40 countries. The attacks shown are based on a small subset of live flows against the Norse honeypot infrastructure, representing actual worldwide cyber attacks by bad actors.

Norse Corp Live Threat Map

Norse Corp Live Threat Map

Kaspersky Lab’s CYBERTHREAT Real-Time Map – Kaspersky Lab has launched an interactive cyberthreat map that visualizes cyber security incidents occurring worldwide in real time. The types of threats displayed include malicious objects detected during on-access and on-demand scans, email and web antivirus detections, as well as objects identified by vulnerability and intrusion detection sub-systems.


Kaspersky CyberThreat Real-TIme Map

Digital Attack Map – The Digital Attack Map displays global DDoS activity on any given day. Attacks are displayed as dotted lines, scaled to size, and placed according to the source and destination countries of the attack traffic when known

Digital Attack Map - Top daily DDoS attacks worldwide

Digital Attack Map – Top daily DDoS attacks worldwide

Fortinet Threat Map – Remote execution attacks, memory related attacks, remote location attacks, denial of service attacks (DoS), etc.

Fortinet Threat Map

Fortinet Threat Map

There are more maps that do some of the same type of tracking as well as other threats.  The list below includes the site listed in this article as well as others.


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