Hackers manipulate water in treatment plant

Bild: © Amir Kaljikovic – Fotolia.com

Hackers have gained access to a water treatment plant in the US state of Florida and chemically manipulated the water.

The hacker or hackers would have more than a hundredfold the proportion of sodium hydroxide in the water, said the sheriff of the Pinellas district, Bon Gualtieri, earlier this week. Employees at the Oldsmar plant immediately noticed the “potentially dangerous” change on Friday, February 5, and reversed it. “At no time was there a significant negative impact on the treated water,” assured the sheriff. The public was never in danger.

Gualtieri said sodium hydroxide is used to control the acidity of water and to remove metals from drinking water in a water treatment plant. Even if the change had not been noticed immediately, it would have taken between 24 and 36 hours for the treated water to get into the supply system. The case is now being investigated by the FBI, among others.

So far there are no suspects. It is also still unclear whether the hacker access came from inside or outside the USA.

Source: DIGITAL FERNSEHEN by www.digitalfernsehen.de.

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