The attack apparently caused the Scada system to be turned on and off
US Federal officials are investigating into a report that a suspected cyber-attack managed to remotely shut down a utility’s water pump in central Illinois on November 8, it was reported.
Joe Weiss, a well known cyber security expert, revealed about this in a blog posting on Thursday.
According to certain reports, the company’s database was compromised with hackers retrieving the supervisory control and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (Scada) software. The attack apparently caused the Scada system to be turned on and off which led to the burn out of the water pump.
However, Homeland security spokesman Peter Boogaard said that it was not yet officially confirmed that the incident was the result of a cyber-attack. Boogard added, "At this time there is no credible corroborated data that indicates a risk to critical infrastructure entities or a threat to public safety."
Scada systems are highly specialised computer systems that control critical infrastructure, including water treatment facilities, chemicals plants and nuclear reactors to gas pipelines, dams and switches on train lines.
Earlier In 2007, researchers at the US government’s Idaho National Laboratories identified a vulnerability in the electricity grid said to have triggered by a suspected cyber-attack.