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 Monday, 21st November 2011, 13:13:36

Online hackers target US water treatment

Online hackers target US water treatment

A group of hackers in the US have reportedly destroyed a pump used to pipe waters to thousands of homes in Illinois, US as part of an online security breach.

According to BBC News, cyber criminals with access to the utility's network have broken the system by turning it off and on again in quick succession.

Currently under investigation from the FBI and Department for Homeland Security, the incident is among a number of attacks that have been carried out on critical infrastructure.

Information about the attack came to light through the blog of Joe Weiss, who advises companies on how to protect hardware against threats from outside sources.

Peter Boogaard, a spokesman for the Department for Homeland Security, said: "At this time there is no credible corroborated data that indicates a risk to critical infrastructure entities or a threat to public safety."

This comes after foreign secretary William Hague suggested countries should join forces and work together to contend with online security on an international scale.

Posted by Kevin Jenson

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