CHICAGO (AP) — A reported cyberattack on a water district in central Illinois has turned out to be a false alarm. It was set off when an American contractor logged onto the system while vacationing in Russia.
Jim Mimlitz of suburban St. Louis says he hopes he’ll be able to laugh about it someday. For now, he’s puzzled. Why didn’t terrorism investigators call him? He says he could’ve straightened things out quickly.
Instead, investigators assumed someone hacked into the system from Russia, causing a water pump to shut down five months later. A blogger spread word of the possible hack.
Mimlitz had been on vacation when someone from the water district near Springfield called his cell and asked him to check data on the system. He did, but didn’t mention where he was.