Russian Military Hackers Sabotage Critical Infrastructure in Texas

Hackers with the Russian military carried out a cyberattack on a Texas water facility that caused a major reservoir to overflow, according to a new report published Wednesday by the cybersecurity firm Mandiant.

This water facility is in Muleshoe, Texas. The attack sent tens of thousands of gallons of water flowing into the streets. At the same time, two other towns in Northeastern Texas also recorded harmful cyberactivity on their networks. It all traces back to a hacker group called Sandworm, a unit of Russia’s gru military intelligence agency.

These attacks apparently happened in January, and they were serious. But in some ways, it looks like Sandworm is just practicing with these low-key cyberattacks, establishing effective tactics and preparing for a time when they will unleash their full fury.

It’s also notable that the Sandworm attacks come on the heels of revelations about Chinese hackers infecting hundreds of United States routers with KV botnet malware. China is believed to have infected U.S. electrical grids, oil and natural gas pipelines, water facilities and transportation systems.

A wide range of networks have apparently been compromised. Many of these support military bases, and they are now apparently just waiting for the time when the Chinese hackers decide to “flip the switch.”

These reports are sobering. But for those who follow the Trumpet, they should not be surprising. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has warned for years about the danger of America’s dependence on computer systems, particularly in the military realm. These new reports vindicate those warnings.