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Russian hackers attacked water management programs in Texas

The water supply system in Texas was under attack. It is believed that Russian hackers, with the support of the Kremlin, gained remote access to a water tower in the Texas city, reports Dailymail.

Aerial green fields around white water tower with nearby civilization

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The attack on Mulesha, a community of 5000 people near the New Mexico border, caused the tower to overflow with thousands of liters of water for nearly an hour. Because of this, a state of emergency was declared.

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A hacker group linked to the Russian government called itself Cyber ​​Army of Russia Reborn (CARR). Previously it was called Telebots, Voodoo Bear and Iron Viking. They are known among other names as Unit 74455.

New raid on the USA

The group posted a video on Telegram of itself manipulating the city's water control systems.

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“We are launching a new raid on the United States. There are a couple of critical infrastructure objects in this video, namely water supply systems,” the message says in Russian with a smiley face at the end of the text.

The footage shows hackers changing the values ​​and settings of utility management systems.

Previously, this group carried out DDoS attacks on Ukrainian organizations and government agencies.

It is unclear what consequences these manipulations had, but several local officials have acknowledged the cyberattacks.

Muleshu officials said at a public meeting that an attack on the city's utility plant caused the reservoir to overflow.

Officials in the nearby towns of Abernathy, Hale Center and Lockney said they too were "impacted."

All three cities have reportedly disabled software that monitors their utilities. Customer service was not interrupted in any of them.

The same cannot be said about the residents of Muleshu. The village's water tower lost water for 30 to 45 minutes before operators were finally able to fix the problem manually.

A dangerous group with wide capabilities

An experienced cybersecurity specialist at Google-owned Mandiant said the attack was indeed the work of CARR (an organization perhaps better known as Sandworm).

The State Department has announced multimillion-dollar rewards for the capture of those associated with the group. It briefly cut off power in parts of Ukraine on at least three occasions.

In addition, hackers managed to attack the systems of the Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018. They are credited with creating advanced malware in 2017 that could briefly disable Chernobyl's security system.

According to US officials, ransomware was also used to attack election monitoring systems in France in 2017. Losses cost billions of dollars.

Mandiant chief analyst John Hultquist said CARR is expanding its targets to include U.S. infrastructure.

He confirmed that CARR is a front for the GRU (Russian intelligence service).

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U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady described Sandworm's actions as "representing the most destructive and costly cyberattacks in history."

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has remained silent about its alleged links to the terrorist group. He rejects accusations that Russia and its intelligence services are responsible for any “hacking attacks, especially against the Olympic Games.”

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