Pennsylvania water facility hit by Iran-linked hackers

Pennsylvania water facility hit by Iran-linked hackers

U.S. officials are investigating an incident at a Pennsylvania water utility after hackers linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps — who have a history of making exaggerated and false claims about their hacking exploits — breached a device at a remote water station.

The hackers, who call themselves the “Cyber Av3ngers,” were able to gain control of at least one device at the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa, Pa. The hackers breached a remote water station that regulates pressure for two townships with a population of just over 7,000 people.

Robert Bible, the general manager of the water authority, told local publications that first reported the news that there was never any threat to the availability of water, and that once they realized the hack occurred, the utility switched to manual operations.

Eric Goldstein, the executive assistant director for cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said in an emailed statement that the agency is “aware” of the intrusion and that they are “closely engaged with sector and interagency partners to understand this evolving situation and provide any necessary support or guidance.”


Matthew Mottes, the chairman of the board of directors for the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa, told the Beaver Countian that the hackers did not get access to “anything in our actual water treatment plant — or other parts of our system — other than a pump that regulates pressure to elevated areas of our system.” The booster station sent an alarm to operators who then took manual control of the station, Mottes said.

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