No faucet electronic Pearl Harbor

Posted in Cyberterrorism at 12:05 pm by George Smith

Last weeks story on an alleged cyberattack on US infrastructure has been turned off like a drip from the faucet.

That story — mentioned in this post — went viral in the news media and involved an anecdotal report on a hack attack said to have burned out a water pump in Springfield, Illinois.

A Dept. of Homeland Security statement, widely distributed to various news agencies, reads:

“After detailed analysis, DHS and the FBI have found no evidence of a cyber intrusion into the SCADA system of the Curran-Gardner Public Water District in Springfield, Illinois …There is no evidence to support claims made in initial reports–which were based on raw, unconfirmed data and subsequently leaked to the media–that any credentials were stolen, or that the vendor was involved in any malicious activity that led to a pump failure at the water plant. In addition, DHS and FBI have concluded that there was no malicious traffic from Russia or any foreign entities, as previously reported. Analysis of the incident is ongoing and additional relevant information will be released as it becomes available.”

The original alarm raised by a security worker — here — and now expunged (oh, the humanity) generated a me-to-did-water-hack piece at the Register, a place I used to write for until they got weird and went entirely for the libertarian I-have-Asperberger’s demographic.

Which I won’t link to since it’s most probably rubbish, too.

Faucet electronic Pearl Harbor, it appears, has not yet arrived despite sincere efforts to make it seem so.


  1. Christoph Hechl said,

    November 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Actually your articles on The Register had brought me to this blog.
    I still visit the page regularly, mostly to read the BOFH stories and to be annoyed by Lewis Page and Andrew Orlowsky, but even those two can’t cause the amount of nausea you get when you dive into their comment swamps.
    But El Reg isn’t the first site i have seen falling prey to the expecations of the ever decreasing intellectual horizon of their customers.

  2. George Smith said,

    November 28, 2011 at 7:53 am

    falling prey to the expectations of the ever decreasing intellectual horizon of their customers.

    That’s a great way of putting it. Over here Citibank credit card stole their float-a-model-plane-with-a-weather-balloon thing for a commercial.

    Last thing I did for it was on the census. And the humanity was apparently too much for the crowd.