Pro-Iran Group Claims To Have Hacked Water Authority In Pennsylvania

"Federal officials are investigating after a pro-Iran hacking group claimed to have committed a cyberattack at a water authority in Pennsylvania, according to a state congressman and water authority officials.

The group claimed to have hacked Aliquippa’s systems last week, though water service and quality were not impacted, Pittsburgh-area water authority official Robert J. Bible told CNN.

The incident is one of several highlighting growing concerns over pro-Iran hackers and US infrastructure vulnerabilities. Officials fear cyberattacks on companies or service providers could have cascading impacts on critical infrastructure operators, including hospitals and utilities.

Officials were notified Friday of a communication failure at a station that supplies boosted water pressure to two townships. When on-call personnel arrived, a computer screen that helps control pumps at the station was blank, said Bible, general manager of the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa."

Kristina Sgueglia and Sean Lyngaas report for CNN November 28, 2023.


"Cyberattack On Pittsburgh-Area Water Authority Sends Alarms To Department Of Homeland Security" (KDKA)

"Iranian-Linked Cyber Army Had Control of Aliquippa Water System" (Beaver Countian)

"Pa. Water System Hacked By Iranian-Backed Cyber Group: Reports" (Harrisburg Patriot-News)

Source: CNN, 11/29/2023