In an e-mail interview with Threatpost, the hacker who compromised software used to manage water infrastructure for South Houston, Texas, said the district had HMI (human machine interface) software used to manage water and sewage infrastructure accessible to the Internet and used a password that was just three characters long to protect the system, making it easy picking for a remote attack.

Authorities in Romania have disrupted a large hacking ring accused of stealing Voice over IP (VoIP) data from hacked servers and using it to place bogus calls to premium rate numbers. Agence France Presse reported on Tuesday that 42 people were arrested in the sting, breaking up a network that was headed by two Romanians and that had caused more than $13.5m in losses to firms in the U.S., Britain, South Africa, Italy and Romania. 

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