Iran Fingered For Attack On Israeli Water Infrastructure

Iranian hackers are reported to have used American servers in a recent attack on Israel's water and sewage infrastructure, which Israeli officials say  did not disrupt water supply. The original attack took place on April 24-25 on numerous water and sewage facilities across the country. The original attack on numerous water and sewage facilities across the country  took place on April 24th.

Israeli media sources claim that te attempted breach was aimed at operational systems and mechanisms for adding chlorine to the the water supply in numerous locations.  

The US Department of Energy said that the US government is  committed to protecting allies from cyber attacks but would not comment on the specific incident, saying an investigation was ongoing. The Israel National Cyber Directorate confirmed the “attempted cyber breach on water command and control systems.” Employees at water plants were alerted to change their passwords and safeguard their systems after the attempt was detected, specifically those overseeing the chlorination of wells. 

Israel and Iran have engaged in covert cyber warfare for over a decade, including reported efforts by the Jewish state and US to remotely sabotage the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program using the notorious Stuxnet worm. 

Israel has  stepped up a bombing campaign on Iran-linked forces in Syria seeking to push out the Islamic Republic, which is already smarting from one of the world’s most severe COVID-19 outbreaks. Experts have recently warned that the coronavirus pandemic has created a perfect storm for cyber-attacks, with millions of people working in unfamiliar, less secure circumstances and eager for information about the virus and with new organisational policies being implemented.

The US Department of Homeland Security issued an alert last month warning that the pandemic has increased threats and that “cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information.” 

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