Iranian-Backed Hackers Breach Penn Water Control Station, Display Anti-Israel Messages

Iranian-Backed Hackers Breach Penn Water Control Station, Display Anti-Israel Messages

“Down with Israel!” – “Every equipment ‘Made in Israel’ Is Cyber Av3ngers legal target.”


The municipal water authority of the Pennsylvania town of Aliquippa announced on Saturday that one of its water stations was hacked by an Iran-backed criminal group called the “Cyber Av3ngers.”

The Iranian group loaded the water station’s computer screens with messages saying “Down with Israel!” and “Every equipment ‘Made in Israel’ Is Cyber Av3ngers legal target.”  

The station attacked by the Iranian hackers is part of the water pressure system for Raccoon and Potter Townships in Pennsylvania.

According to Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa board chairman Matthew Mottes, alarms were triggered as soon as the system was compromised, and the water quality of the two townships was never in serious danger.

Mottes said the water booster station uses equipment made by Unitronics, an automation company headquartered in Israel. The compromised system was disabled for safety as soon as the hack was detected.

Security Week said footage broadcast by a local news station suggests the target of the hack was a Unitronics Vision system, “a programmable logic controller (PLC) with an integrated human-machine interface (HMI).”

“Unitronics Vision products have been known to be affected by critical vulnerabilities that could expose devices to attacks,” Security Week said. “On the other hand, HMIs are often left exposed to the Internet and are accessible without authentication, making them an easy target even for low-skilled threat actors.”

The district’s congressional representative, Congressman Chris Deluzio (D-PA), said on Sunday he is “closely monitoring this cyberattack.”


FBI Director Christopher Wray warned on October 31 that Iran would become an increasing cyber threat to the United States during the Israel-Hamas war. Wray and other expert witnesses told Congress that Iranian hackers are rapidly improving their skills and choosing increasingly ambitious targets, with a particular interest in critical infrastructure like water and power.


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1 Comment on Iranian-Backed Hackers Breach Penn Water Control Station, Display Anti-Israel Messages

  1. Sorry, don’t for a minute believe in this pro and anti-israel crap. It’s the same players, climate change, BLM, Antifa BullSh@t to get everyone involved in their endless war to facilitate bringing in the NWO. The globalists need to go, Rothschild #1 on the list. Behind every war for years and years. Daddy Warbucks never goes away.

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