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The Administration Wants to Prevent an Attack on Water Supplies

By The Washington Post

January 27, 2022

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Water systems are highly vulnerable to hacks that could contaminate drinking water for thousands of people.

With that in mind, the Biden administration is launching a voluntary new cybersecurity initiative aimed at preventing hackers from contaminating or blocking access to drinking water and wastewater systems.

A warning shot came last year when a hacker briefly raised the amount of lye in the water system in Oldsmar, FL, by a factor of more than 100. That could have caused widespread illness if plant operators hadn't quickly caught and reversed it. Similar hacks could be conducted far too easily against water utilities across the nation, officials say.

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