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  • Agencies warn of cyber threats to water, wastewater systems

    10/14/21 04:43 PM EDT

    A coalition of federal agencies on Thursday warned that hackers are targeting the water and wastewater treatment sectors, strongly recommending that organizations take steps to protect themselves.

    In a joint advisory, the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) warned of “ongoing malicious cyber activity—by both known and unknown actors—targeting the information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) networks, systems, and devices of U.S. Water and Wastewater Systems (WWS) Sector facilities.”

    “This activity — which includes attempts to compromise system integrity via unauthorized access — threatens the ability of WWS facilities to provide clean, potable water to, and effectively manage the wastewater of, their communities,” the agencies wrote in the advisory.

    ... The advisory was put out following a difficult year in cybersecurity for critical infrastructure groups, particularly for the water sector.

    In February, a hacker breached and unsuccessfully attempted to poison the water supply of the town of Oldsmar, Fla., while, according to the advisory, ransomware attacks throughout this year affected water sector organizations in Maine, Nevada and California.

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