Muslim hackers infiltrate water utility’s control system

Hackers infiltrated a water utility’s control system and changed the levels of chemicals being used to treat tap water, we’re told.

The cyber-attack is documented in this month’s IT security breach report (available here, registration required) from Verizon Security Solutions. The utility in question is referred to using a pseudonym, Kemuri Water Company, and its location is not revealed.

  • Exile1981

    Thats concerning.

    Why do we allow critical systems to be accessed from the internet.

    • Good question.

    • AlanUK

      Because it will save money (no need for an engineer to go and check all is OK)
      Because the “Powers that be” do not realise we are at war.
      As a pharmacist my father was in a protected profession during WW2. One of his responsibilities was to analyse the drinking water in the town reservoir because the “Powers that be” back then realised how vulnerable the civilian population was.

      • Exile1981

        It was a rhetorical question. It’s stupid how link vital infrastructure to the internet. For safety reasons water plants and power plants should be on isolated systems. It could be done cheaply. It just means that operators at these facilities would have to have a seperate computer to run the plant and a different one to surf the internet for porn.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Where I work we don’t allow critical systems to be accessed by the internet.
      We have to go and walk to a terminal to control a system.
      Good exercise because the station is a few blocks long.

  • Blind Druid

    The worst damage they could do would be to shut off the chlorination, if undetected that could lead to coliform or giardia poisoning. Messing with other additives such as Sodium Silicate (pH control) or fluorides, would have little effect except to make the water taste bad.

    • AlanUK

      The strength of their position would be the threat that they might do something (undefined) worse.

      • Blind Druid

        That’s true, and I was just addressing the results of tampering with existing systems. I’m just saying they would have to somehow physically introduce external contamination (poison) into the system. I know how I would go about doing that (I’m a Chemical Engineer) but I wouldn’t put that info on the Internet.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Proof yet again that it’s not “”Islamophobia” if they really are out to get you.