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Officials Warn of Further Cyberattacks on Water Infrastructure

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Officials Warn of Further Cyberattacks on Water Infrastructure

U.S. officials have warned in light of recent cyberattacks that malicious nation-state actors could compromise more domestic water infrastructure, potentially affecting supply.

In late November, Iranian hackers targeted the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa in Pennsylvania, shutting down a remotely controlled water pressure regulation device housing Israeli-made components, The Associated Press reported.

Advocates say the water utility sector, which comprises over 50,000 entities, lacks the funds and expertise needed to implement new cybersecurity measures. Many such organizations serve local populations with few cyber professionals.

Citing privatization concerns, public water authorities have opposed state cybersecurity laws backed by their private counterparts that would force physical and cyber infrastructure upgrades. Private entities argue that such legislation would boost customer confidence in tap water safety by establishing more uniform standards.

Public authorities are prioritizing spending on upkeep and clean water needs over cybersecurity.

Rep. Rob Matzie, whose district includes the Aliquippa water authority,  is working on legislation to provide cybersecurity funding to water and electric utilities.

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Category: Cybersecurity

Tags: critical infrastructure cyberattack cybersecurity Iran The Associated Press water utility