November 23, 2011
Homeland Security Denies Hacker Responsibility For Water Utility Burn Out
The Department of Homeland Security and FBI have denied allegations that a cyber intrusion caused an Illinois water utility to burn out.
Claims were made last Friday that hackers managed to remotely compromise a central Illinois utility network and shutdown a water pump on November 8.
The DHS and FBI dismissed the conclusions that it was the first cyber attack on a U.S. industrial system.
"After detailed analysis, DHS and the FBI have found no evidence of a cyber intrusion into the SCADA system of the Curran-Gardner Public Water District in Springfield, Illinois," DHS spokesman Chris Ortman said in the statement provided to CNET.
"There is no evidence to support claims made in initial reports--which were based on raw, unconfirmed data and subsequently leaked to the media--that any credentials were stolen, or that the vendor was involved in any malicious activity that led to a pump failure at the water plant."
Illinois water district officials said there was no break in service to the 2,200 rural customers when the water pump burned out earlier this month.
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