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Windows 7: Hackers: Attack on City Water Station Destroys Pump

19 Nov 2011   #1

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Hackers: Attack on City Water Station Destroys Pump

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Hackers gained remote access into the control system of the city water utility in Springfield, Illinois, and destroyed a pump last week, according to a report released by a state fusion center and obtained by a security expert.

The hackers were discovered on Nov. 8 when a water district employee noticed problems in the city’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA). The system kept turning on and off, resulting in the burnout of a water pump.

Forensic evidence indicates that the hackers may have been in the system as early as September, according to the “Public Water District Cyber Intrusion” report, released by the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center on Nov. 10.

The intruders launched their attack from IP addresses based in Russia and gained access by first hacking into the network of a software vendor that makes the SCADA system used by the utility. The hackers stole usernames and passwords that the vendor maintained for its customers, and then used those credentials to gain remote access to the utility’s network.

The theft of credentials raises the possibility that other customers using the vendor’s SCADA system may be targeted as well.
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21 Nov 2011   #2

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Houston, We Have a Problem

It seems that the water and sewerage industry is not immune to computer hackers.
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The hacker's claims about their ability to penetrate the control systems have yet to be confirmed or denied by South Houston's Water and Sewer Department.
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21 Nov 2011   #3

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I thought it was something about the moon.
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22 Nov 2011   #4

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It may seem trivial, but imagine the havoc if this is done to water, sewage, electricity... Let's hope our government realizes what a threat this is.

Hackers: Attack on City Water Station Destroys Pump

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22 Nov 2011   #5

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Many smaller communities rely on reservoirs or underground aquifers for their water needs. A pumping station, purification/filtration system, and an above ground storage facility are all that's in between the water source and the consumer. These water systems are run by MUDs (municipal utility districts) that rely on taxes from individual water users to keep things running smoothly. Most MUDs barely break even on a good year. With prolonged drought conditions like we've been experiencing in Texas, there's barely enough money to fix water main breaks let alone hire trained security specialists to make risk assessments and provide 24/7 patrols. As a mobile society, all it would take is infecting people in one small community who would then act as carriers as they go to work, shop, and socialize in larger communities and cities.
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