Florida city water cyber incident allegedly caused by employee error

There is an update to a story posted on DataBreaches in 2021 about a scary-sounding attempt to hack and control the water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Florida.

Today, Chris Teale reports that no, it wasn’t that at all. It was just an employee clicking on some wrong buttons before he informed his supervisor of his error.

Former Oldsmar City Manager Al Braithwaite described it as a “non-event” that was resolved in two minutes, but said law enforcement and the media seized on the idea of a cyberattack and “ran with it.” The attention resulted in a four-month FBI investigation, which Braithwaite said reached the same conclusion that employee error was to blame.

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