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Apparent cyberattack destroys pump at Ill. water utility

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November 18, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Incidents
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 A pump at a public water utility in Springfield, Ill. was recently destroyed after cyberattackers gained access to a SCADA system controlling the device, according to a security expert who said he obtained an official report about the incident.

A spokesman from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today confirmed the pump incident, but said it’s too soon to say whether it was the result of a cyberattack.

“DHS and the FBI are gathering facts surrounding the report of a water pump failure in Springfield Illinois,” Peter Boogaard, deputy press secretary at the DHS, said in an emailed statement. “At this time there is no credible corroborated data that indicates a risk to critical infrastructure entities or a threat to public safety.”

Meanwhile, in a separate case, a hacker named “pr0f” earlier today posted several images on Pastebin purporting to show access to a “really insecure” Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system at the city of South Houston.

via Computerworld, continued here.