Hackers exploited shared passwords and obsolete Windows 7 OS to infiltrate Florida water treatment plant

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Systems at the plant were connected directly to the Internet without any type of firewall protection installed and systems shared the same password

Weak network security measures and an obsolete version of Windows allowed hackers to compromise the computer systems at a water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Florida, and alter the chemical levels in...

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