The Florida city of Oldsmar was on alert Monday after authorities revealed that someone — it’s not at present clear who — remotely accessed the local water treatment plant and attempted to dump dangerous amounts of chemicals into the water supply. According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who detailed the apparent attack in a Monday press conference, the hacker was able to take control of a computer at the facility and subsequently increase the sodium hydroxide (aka lye) levels to a hundred times what they should be.
“The computer system was set up with a software program that allows for remote access, where authorized users can troubleshoot system problems from other locations,” explained Gualtieri. Read more…
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