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Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says

 
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Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says
Foreign hackers broke into a water plant control system in Illinois last week and damaged a water pump in what appears to be the first reported case of a malicious cyber attack damaging a critical computer system in the United States, according to an industry expert.

On Nov. 8, a municipal water district employee in Illinois noticed problems with the city’s water pump control system, and a technician determined the system had been remotely hacked into from a computer located in Russia, said Joe Weiss, an industry security expert who obtained a copy of an Illinois state fusion center report describing the incident.

“This is a big deal,” said Weiss. The report stated it is unknown how many other systems might be affected.

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Re: Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says
Just think of all the money we could be spending on upgrading the infrastructure if we hadn't been in 2+ wars for the last 10 years. burnit
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This is a HUGE story.
Why isn't anyone paying attention ???????

Water utility hackers destroy pump, expert says

SCADA breach 'a really big deal'
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Posted in Security, 17th November 2011 22:03 GMT
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Updated Hackers destroyed a pump used by a US water utility after gaining unauthorized access to the industrial control system it used to operate its machinery, a computer security expert said.

Joe Weiss, a managing partner for Applied Control Solutions, said the breach was most likely performed after the attackers hacked into the maker of the supervisory control and data acquisition software used by the utility and stole user names and passwords belonging to the manufacturer's customers. The unknown attackers used IP addresses that originated in Russia.

Weiss cited an official government report from the state where the regional water district was located. It was dated November 10, two days after the hack was discovered. The document indicates that the utility had been experiencing unexplained problems with its computerized system in the weeks leading up to the breach.
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bsflag; they are using this false flag as another reason to clamp down on the internet.

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