07 JUNE 16 – Weekly Infrastructure Report
The Weekly Infrastructure Report is a roll-up of significant infrastructure-related threats and events. * Why is our Infrastructure Report important? Because identifying a baseline of activity should help you better understand the vulnerabilities of your region’s critical infrastructure.
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Analyst Comment: After following national infrastructure reporting for the past 109 days, here are FO’s key trends observed in critical infrastructure.
- Waste water spillage into drinking water continues to occur, especially due to high amounts of rain. It underscores why clean water is so important for preparedness and why everyone should have clean water storage away from public sources.
- Cyber attacks that disrupt infrastructure, especially hospitals, occur more often than is publicly reported. Viruses and malware can affect computers and networks in hospitals incidentally. Although cyber attacks may not specifically target medical facilities, personnel who check email and open attachments or browse the internet on hospital IT systems can activate malware. In February, a hospital in Los Angeles, CA, went over a week without access to their electronic health records because ‘ransomware,’ which locks users out of data stored on computers, had infected the hospital’s computer network. Typically, ransomware comes with a demand for money to unlock the computers. Although less likely, directed cyber attacks or malware can affect critical infrastructure, which could pose a threat to community security. Earlier this year, the Obama administration indicted an Iranian for attempting to hack into and disrupt a dam in upstate New York in 2013, and charged seven others for cyber attacks against primarily financial infrastructure.
27 MAY: Sewage overflow contaminated streets in College Station, prompting a boil water advisory for residents with well water in the surrounding area.
28 MAY: An evacuation has been initiated in Simonton due to concerns about the Livingston Dam due to floodwater, and in the Northwood Pines subdivision due to strain on the Northgate Levy.
31 MAY: Flooding on the San Jacinto River resulted in 480,000 gallons of wastewater to spill near Humble City. A boil water advisory was issued for residents with well water in the immediate area.
05 JUNE: City workers are attempting to restore the water supply of Cisco after flooding destroyed the water treatment plant, leaving residents with limited water access until repairs can be made.
05 JUNE: 200,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into Lake Creek near Austin due to severe flooding.
NSTR: Nothing Significant to Report