Ransomware Attack at Iowa Water & Electric Utility Company

April 2, 2024

INCIDENT

Iowa Electric, Water Utility confirmed that a January ransomware attack at Muscatine Power and Water — providing the Muscatine and Fruitland area with internet, TV, phone, water, and electric services for more than 50,000 people —led to the exposure of sensitive information from nearly all local residents.

The company said internet services on the night of the attack were down for eight hours and business systems were restored over several days. “Additionally, at no time were critical controls systems at the power plant or in the field at risk,” the company explained.

Incident Date

January 26, 2024

Estimated Cost

IT systems down for several days, no OT affected.

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified