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New reports on Nov. 28 backed initial DHS skepticism that the failure of a pump at an Illinois water utility was a foreign cyber attack on the system’s supervisory control and acquisition system.
The Washington Post reported on Nov. 28 that the failure of a water pump was the result of an error by one of the utility’s contractors who was travelling in Russia at the time and accessing the SCADA system remotely. The report backs earlier conclusions by DHS cyber security teams that the failure of the pump at Curran-Gardner Public Water District in Springfield, IL, wasn’t the work of Russian cyber criminals or agents.