Russian Hackers Target Texas Water System in Ominous Cyber Strike

April 18, 2024
Russian Hackers Target Texas Water System in Ominous Cyber Strike
  • The Russian hacking group Sandworm, linked to the GRU, conducted a cyber attack on Muleshoe, Texas water system.

  • Sandworm has a history of international cyber attacks, including Ukraine's power grid and the 2018 Olympic Games.

  • The attack on Muleshoe is the first known instance of Sandworm targeting US public infrastructure.

  • Six Sandworm members have been indicted by the US DOJ for various cybercrimes, including the disruptive NotPetya virus.

  • US infrastructure's cyber vulnerability is highlighted by this incident, prompting an FBI investigation.

  • Mandiant reports that Sandworm's activities have extended to water systems in Europe and have increased the threat of cyber attack proliferation.

  • Despite the Biden administration's efforts, a key EPA cybersecurity directive for water facilities was rescinded.

  • US officials are calling for strengthened cyber defenses at water treatment facilities in response to these threats.

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