A hacker played with controls in an Illinois water plant November 8, showcasing America’s technological vulnerabilities.(Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)
A hacker played with controls in an Illinois water plant November 8, showcasing America’s technological vulnerabilities.
(Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Foreign Hackers Attack U.S. Water Plant

November 21, 2011  •  From theTrumpet.com
 

Federal investigators are examining a report that foreign hackers managed to remotely shut down a pump at a central Illinois water plant on November 8. If confirmed, this attack would be the first known foreign cyberattack on an American industrial system.

According to the Washington Post, news of the incident became public after Joe Weiss, an industry security expert, obtained a report dated November 10. This report describes how a series of minor glitches with a water pump gradually escalated to the point where the pump motor was being turned on and off frequently, causing it to burn out.

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