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5 Times Critical Infrastructure, Water Systems Hacked-Quality of Supply "Not Impacted"

Updated: Apr 6

1.  November 2023: The Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa revealed Saturday that one of their booster stations had been hacked and partially controlled by a cyber guerilla group tied to the Iranian government, according to news reports.

2. January 2021: On Jan. 15, a hacker tried to poison a water treatment plant that served parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.   The hacker had the username and password for a former employee's TeamViewer account, a popular program that lets users remotely control their computers, according to a private report compiled by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center in February and seen by NBC News.

3.  In February 2021, a cyberattack on a water treatment plant in Florida briefly increased lye levels in the water, an incident that could have been deadly if an alert worker had not detected the hack quickly (A renegade mouse cursor signaled the danger at the water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Florida.  The intruder boosted the level of sodium hydroxide—or lye—in the water supply to 100 times higher than normal)

4. March 2019, a terminated employee at a Kansas-based water facility used his old computer credentials to remotely take systems offline, according to an administration official. Another attack in Kansas commenced in April the same year.

5.  So many hacks in Florida, too difficult to keep track.

6. July 2023: Rambler Gallo targeted the water treatment facility in the Town of Discovery Bay, California, which provides treatment for the water and wastewater systems for the town’s 15,000 residents. Gallo was an employee of a private Massachusetts-based company (Company A), which contracted with Discovery Bay to operate the town’s wastewater treatment facility.

7. February 2024: Christopher Wray warns of potential threats from Chinese hackers.

Multiple sources confirm reports of malicious intent, waiting unseen amongst U.S. infrastructure including but not limited to water supply.

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