NBC has Told That the hacker, whose name and motive are not yet known, tried to “poison” the waters of an area that is close to Silicon Valley. The region is a global hub for high technology and software innovation. It cited a private report prepared by the Regional Intelligence Center in February. The report did not identify the facility.
The center’s executive director, Michael Cena, confirmed the hacking incident. But they differed on the claim of an attempt to poison the facility. The San Francisco Chronicle “Nobody tried to poison any of our waters. That’s not right,” he told Ko.
The hacker allegedly used the former employee’s TeamViewer account details to gain access to the water treatment plant’s systems. TeamViewer allows one person to remotely access another person’s computer and other gadgets. The program has gained immense popularity and is widely used by employees working from home during the pandemic.
In February, a hacker tried to take control of another water treatment facility in Florida. In that incident also the hacker had access to a TeamViewer account linked to the facility. He managed to raise the level of lye, a mixture of sodium or potassium hydroxide, in drinking water to toxic levels. An employee grabbed the mouse cursor of a moving computer on his own and prevented a huge disaster from happening. Local officials said that the hacker had access to the system for about 4 or 5 minutes.