Officials and law enforcement officers in Pinellas County, Florida, USA, announced tonight that a hacker had taken control of the computer system of the city’s water treatment plant Oldsmar and tried to poison the city’s residents.
The hacker increased the quantity baking soda in the water but an observant employee noticed that someone had entered the system and watched him make changes. He fixed the system as soon as the hacker left it. The change did not affect the water of the townspeople.
Bob Gualtieri, the county sheriff, says that the hacker has increased the amount of baking soda from about one hundred parts per million to over eleven thousand parts per million. That would be a dangerous amount.
In Review Vice explains that a small amount of baking soda is added to drinking water to reduce the flow of pipes and raise the acidity level. In large quantities, it can cause burns to the skin and eyes.
According to the Tampa Bay Timesis the computer attack under investigation but no one has been arrested for it. The sheriff is assisted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies. Authorities from other cities using similar computer systems have been warned of the attack.
Gualtieri told a news conference today that security measures had probably detected changes in the acidity of the water and that drinking water had probably not been affected. mengun.
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