We better get our act together soon...or more of this will happen.
Via Drudge and Breitbart.
"A cyber strike launched from outside the United States hit a public water system in the Midwestern state of Illinois, an infrastructure control systems expert said on Friday....
...The network breach was exposed after cyber intruders burned out a pump. 'No one realized the hackers were in there until they started turning on and off the pump'....
The attack was reportedly traced to a computer in Russia and took advantage of account passwords stolen during a hack of a US company that makes SCADA software.
The US Department of Homeland Security has downplayed the Illinois cyber attack in public reports, stating that it had seen no evidence indicating a threat to public safetey but was investigating the situation."
Ok, let me be the first to tell you. There is a significant threat to public safety and we've known about this for years now. This is just the first public incident you've heard of.
Our electronic infrastructure is not as sound as you think. If you don't think it's a big deal, just wait until an entire city can't drink any water for a couple of weeks because some "hacker" has disabled a computer system.
This is one area where the Federal Government has an obligation to use our tax money for good purposes. Hey Homeland Security...how about a little less patronizing comments and how about a little more action?