FBI Called In After Hacker Tries To Poison Tampa-Area City's Water With Lye

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Officials in Oldsmar, Fla., say residents were never at risk from a recent computer hack at its water treatment plant. But they say they’re taking steps to ensure it can’t happen again. deepblue4you/E+/Getty Images

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It started with a cursor moving on its own, sliding across a computer screen at the water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Fla. Someone had taken remote control of a plant operator’s machine – and in just a few minutes, they increased the level of sodium hydroxide in the city’s drinking water by a factor of 100. After spiking the caustic substance

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