[funsec] SCADA Watch: Hackers Penetrate Water System Computers

Gadi Evron ge at linuxbox.org
Mon Oct 30 15:48:29 CST 2006

Very cool. I love these twice a year examples of potential information
warfare and information operations.

This.. however.. is SO from the "duh-its-a-bot-department"


On Mon, 30 Oct 2006, Fergie wrote:

> Via ABC News' "The Blotter".
> [snip]
> A foreign hacker who penetrated security at a Harrisburg, Pa., water
> filtering plant is under investigation by the FBI for planting
> malicious software capable of affecting the plant's water treatment
> operations, ABC News has learned.
> The hacker tried to covertly use the computer system as its own
> distribution system for e-mails or pirated software, officials told ABC.
> "The concern was high because it is a computer that controls an
> important infrastructure system, and if, for some reason, it caused it
> to fail, it would have disrupted service," said Special Agent Jerri
> Williams of the FBI's Philadelphia field office.
> The Columbus Day weekend intrusion is the fourth recorded cyber-attack
> on a U.S. water supply in the past four years, according to the records
> of WaterISAC, an industry information sharing and analysis center with
> members from among more than 1,000 drinking water and wastewater
> systems in the United States.
> [snip]
> More:
> http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/10/hackers_penetra.html
> - ferg
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