Inside the water sector’s push to gird for Russian hackers

The water sector quietly began preparing for a possible onslaught of cyberattacks from Russia more than two months ago, when rumblings of an invasion of Ukraine were being discussed at the White House.

Today water utilities across the country are girding for online attacks and misinformation campaigns that could lead to drinking water contamination, service disruptions and demands for ransom.

“We don’t have any evidence that anything has taken place, or any proof that something will take place,” said Michael Arceneaux, chief operating officer of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the managing director of WaterISAC, the sector’s threat sharing organization.

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