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Hackers try to poison Florida City’s drinking water

The FBI, the Secret Service, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating an attempted poisoning of a city by an individual or group of hackers that occurred Friday last week. If it hadn’t been caught in time, at least 15,000 people could have been affected. In a Monday press conference, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri revealed details of this attack to … [Read more...]

Explosive technology and 3D printers: a history of deadly devices

Hackers: They’ll turn your computer into a BOMB! “Hackers turning computers into bombs” is a now legendary headline, taken from the Weekly World News. It has rather set the bar for “people will murder you with computers” anxiety. Even those familiar with the headline may not have dug into the story too much on account of how silly it sounds, but it’s absolutely well … [Read more...]

Compromising vital infrastructure: water management

It’s probably unnecessary to explain why water management is considered part of our vital infrastructure, but it’s a wider field than you might expect—and almost every one of its components can be integral to our survival. We all need clean water to drink. As much as I like my coffee, I can’t make it with contaminated liquids. And the farmers that grow our coffee need water to irrigate … [Read more...]

Compromising vital infrastructure: the power grid

Where were you when the lights went out? That line became famous after the 1977 blackout in New York City. This power outage was caused by lightning and lasted for up to two days, depending on which part of New York you lived in. While in this case the power grid failure was a freak incident due to faulty backup equipment, it is still famous for the havoc it wreaked throughout the city—including … [Read more...]