Glimpse of CyberWar: Hacker Tried to Poison Florida City’s Water Supply, Police Say

Here is the glimpse of a cyberwar where hackers are not leaving any chance to take human lives. All Industrial systems has serious security flaws and all of them impose life threatening situation if they are hacked. For instance, water supply, electric grid or nuclear plant etc. Read about this hack..

“The hacker changed the sodium hydroxide from about one hundred parts per million, to 11,100 parts per million,” Gualtieri said, adding that these were “dangerous” levels. When asked if this should be considered an attempt at bioterrorism, Gualtieri said, “What it is is someone hacked into the system not just once but twice … opened the program and changed the levels from 100 to 11,100 parts per million with a caustic substance. So, you label it however you want, those are the facts.”

Impacts of this hack

In smaller quantities, sodium hydroxide can cause severe skin burns and eye damage. Small amounts of sodium hydroxide are put in some cities’ drinking water supplies to prevent corrosion to pipes and to bring the pH up (it is a strong base).

The news highlights what could be a serious cyber and physical security breach, and raises questions about how secure access to such a sensitive system really was.

Read more:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/88ab33/hacker-poison-florida-water-pinellas-county

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