A hacker gained the access to a water supply and according to the officials, it was reported that he tried to pump in a dangerous chemical to the water supply.
The hacker did raise the amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) in Oldsmar’s water treatment system. However, all thanks to the worker who had spotted it and thus, reversed the action. Lye is typically used in small amounts to control acidity. However, too much of it can cause major problems to the water.
Oldsmar Mayor Eric Seidel said: “There’s a bad actor out there.” A computer controlling Oldsmar’s water treatment system got a remote access to it on frifay. However, no arrests have been reported so far and we are still not sure if it was done by someone within US or outside US.