US warns of Russian hackers targeting operational technology in water systems


U.S. agencies are warning North American and European water treatment systems operators to be wary of and take steps to prevent a surge of Russia-linked hackers trying to break into their operational technology.

The advisory, which also includes French, Canadian and British authorities, says that pro-Russia activists are “targeting and compromising” operational technology platforms that underpin wastewater and water treatment systems, at times posing physical threats to safety.

The NSA, FBI, Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture were also included in the notice. CNN first reported on the release.

According to the advisory, this malicious activity “has been observed since 2022 and as recently as April 2024.”

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