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DHS Report Debunks Claim That Illinois Water System Was Hacked

The United States Department of Homeland Security cried foul yesterday morning, debunking claims from both the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (STIC) and Applied Control Solutions that a water station in Illinois was hacked earlier this month.

A flurry of reports late last week described an attack on an unnamed Springfield, Ill. water treatment facility where the plant’s supervisory control and data acquisition software (SCADA) were compromised by Russian computers.

Water Utility Damaged by Cyberattack

An electronic attack believed to emanate from computers in Russia reportedly destroyed a water pump belonging to an unnamed, Springfield, Illinois water utility earlier this month after hackers gained unauthorized access to that company’s industrial control system, according to published reports. 

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