FBI says hackers hit key services in three US cities

December 13, 2011

The infrastructure systems of three US cities have been attacked, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

At a recent cybersecurity conference, Michael Welch, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, said hackers had accessed crucial water and power services.

The hackers could theoretically have dumped sewage into a lake or shut off the power to a shopping mall, he said.

Industrial control systems are becoming an increasing target for hackers.

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