Iranian Linked Cyber Gang Shut down Aliquippa Drinking Water Supply Line Pump

November 26, 2023


The Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa said on Saturday that one of their booster stations had been hacked by an Iranian-backed cyber group.
Matthew Mottes, the chairman of the board of directors for the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa, confirmed to KDKA-TV that the cyber group, known as Cyber Av3ngers, took control of one of the stations. An alarm went off as soon as the hack had occurred. Mottes added that the station, located on the outskirts of town, monitors and regulates pressure for Raccoon and Potter Townships. He stressed that there is no known risk to the drinking water or water supply. The machine that was hacked uses a system called Unitronics, which is software or has components that are Israeli-owned.

Aliquippa workers disabled the affected equipment and are currently working on back up methods of maintaining water pressure to the communities.

Incident Date

November 25, 2023

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source