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DHS sees no evidence of cyberattack on Ill. water facility

Jaikumar Vijayan | Nov. 25, 2011
Real cause for pump failure still under investigation, DHS says.

Weiss' disclosure of the alleged cyberattack garnered widespread attention and resurfaced longstanding concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. critical infrastructure to targeted threats.

In response to the DHS statement, Patrick Miller, president of the Energy Sector Security Consortium (EnergySec), a Department of Energy supported non-profit, today said the threat to critical infrastructures continues to be real. "There is a lot of older equipment used in industrial control systems in both water and energy industries," Miller said in an emailed statement. "These older systems were not designed to include security and they are not easy to upgrade so they are very vulnerable."

 

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