Was an American water utility company cyber-attacked by ISIS Jihadists?

Was an American water utility company cyber-attacked by ISIS Jihadists?
Was an American water utility company cyber-attacked by ISIS Jihadists?

As the radical Islamic terrorists, ISIS, looks for ways to murder innocent civilians, the next target of concern is America’s water supply, based on a report that Islamic hackers infiltrated a water utility’s control system and changed the levels of chemicals being used to treat tap water.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch reported on PJ Media that such an attempt has occurred due to a report that was published by Verizon Security Solutions (VSS) in their March 2016 security breach report.

Verizon Security Solutions (VSS), a branch of the Verizon communications leader, profiled a water utility company’s control system was breached by Syrian tied hackers who had exploiting unpatched web vulnerabilities in its internet-facing customer payment portal.

On page 39 of the report, it stated, “This customer, hereafter referred to as Kemuri Water Company (KWC), was responsible for supplying and metering water usage over a number of neighboring counties. From the onset, KWC was adamant that no evidence of unauthorized access had been uncovered and that our assessment was being conducted proactively—as part of an ongoing effort to maintain healthy operations of their systems and networks. In scope were all of KWC’s IT systems, which supported end users and corporate functions, as well as OT systems, which were behind the distribution, control and metering of the regional water supply.”

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While VSS investigated, their assessment stated, “The threat actors modified application settings with little apparent knowledge of how the flow control system worked. In at least two instances, they managed to manipulate the system to alter the amount of chemicals that went into the water supply and thus handicap water treatment and production capabilities so that the recovery time to replenish water supplies increased. Fortunately, based on alert functionality, KWC was able to quickly identify and reverse the chemical and flow changes, largely minimizing the impact on customers. No clear motive for the attack was found.”

Along with altering the water supply, the hackers also gained access to personal information of the utility company’s 2.5 million customers. Since the company remains anonymous, it is theorized that the company was in the United States.

Spencer said, “That, along with the manipulation of the chemicals, essentially rules out the possibility that the hackers’ motivation was simple identity theft. These hackers with ties to Syria (possibly implying the Islamic State, which has repeatedly stated its desire to murder American civilians) were likely trying to figure out a way to poison the water supply and kill people in large numbers.”

Going back to 2002, Spencer brought up previous attempts by Islamic Jihadist to poison the water supply in a major U.S. city.

In 2002, the feds arrested two Jihadist’s who were carrying plans about how to poison water supplies. In 2003, al-Qaeda threatened to poison water supplies in Western countries. In 2011, a Muslim in Spain planned to poison water supplies.

Then there were three separate incidents in 2013. In May, 2013, seven Muslim “chemical engineers” were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir, a key supply of water for Boston, after midnight. Only months later, and indirectly, did the public hear that it was a “criminal matter.” A month later, the locks were cut at the aqueduct that supplies water to Greater Boston.

During the same month, jihadists were caught in Canada who had considered poisoning the air and water to murder up to 100,000 people. Later that year, the FBI was investigating a possible water supply threat in Wichita.

The latest that is known at this point, that in January 2014, a Muslim broke into a water treatment plant in New Jersey.

“In light of the jihadi determination to kill as many Americans as possible, it is virtually certain that they will try again, “said Spencer. “The security of water treatment plants and other facilities that if hacked and compromised could result in mass death is a serious national security issue… of course, this means that for the Obama administration, it is something to be ignored, or addressed only in the context of “Muslim outreach.”

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Fmr. Sgt, USAF Intelligence, NSA/DOD; Studied Cryptology at Community College of the Air Force

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