Two days before the Super Bowl, about a dozen miles from the Raymond James Stadium, a hacker got into the town’s water treatment system. The intruder increased the level of sodium hydroxide, or lye, to more than 100 times normal levels. Fortunately, an alert operator noticed the change and dropped the levels back down, saving the day. Now the county’s Sheriff’s Office, FBI, and the Secret Service are all investigating what could have been a public health disaster in Oldsmar, Florida.
What does all this mean for you and me? Here to give us insight into that is Dr. Eric Cole. He’s a former CIA hacker, he helped write the cybersecurity guide for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and he’s the author of a soon-to-be released book called, “Cyber Crisis: Protecting Your Business from Real Threats in the Virtual World.”