Computer hackers broke into a Florida town’s computer system for a facility that treats water for 15,000 people near Tampa, Florida. They tried to raise chemicals to dangerous levels.
The attempt on Friday to increase a water additive to a dangerous level occurred in the town of Oldsmar, Florida. Fortunately, it was thwarted but does serves as a warning to the nation.
According to a report by Reuters, the hackers tried to gain access to the system through an employee for the town of Oldsmar’s computer screen.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in an interview with the news organization that, “The guy [the employee of the town] was sitting there monitoring the computer as he’s supposed to and all of a sudden he sees a window pop up that the computer has been accessed. The next thing you know someone is opening programs and manipulating the system.”
The hackers were said to have increased the amount of sodium hydroxide, known as lye, that was distributed in the water system.
The employee alerted his employer immediately and the levels were reversed.