Did jihadis hack a U.S. water utility and alter chemical treatment controls?

Did jihadis hack a U.S. water utility and alter chemical treatment controls?

[Ed. – It appears somebody did.  A specific connection to a terror group remains unestablished at this point.  But the extremely dangerous hacking effort was briefly successful.  Boldface in original.]

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch reported onPJ Media that such an attempt has occurred due to a report that was published by Verizon Security Solutions (VSS) in their March 2016 security breach report. …

Kemuri Water Company (KWC), was responsible for supplying and metering water usage over a number of neighboring counties. …

“The threat actors modified application settings with little apparent knowledge of how the flow control system worked. In at least two instances, they managed to manipulate the system to alter the amount of chemicals that went into the water supply and thus handicap water treatment and production capabilities so that the recovery time to replenish water supplies increased. Fortunately, based on alert functionality, KWC was able to quickly identify and reverse the chemical and flow changes, largely minimizing the impact on customers.”

Spencer said, “… These hackers with ties to Syria (possibly implying the Islamic State, which has repeatedly stated its desire to murder American civilians) were likely trying to figure out a way to poison the water supply and kill people in large numbers.”

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