LADWP Statement: Los Angeles Times Story on National Cyber Warfare Vulnerability
|On Monday, March 29, 2011, the Los Angeles Times published a print and online story titled “Virtual War a Real Threat” by Ken Dilanian of their Washington Bureau. In the story, Mr. Dilanian references a large Southern California water system that hired a Los Angeles-based hacker to test the vulnerability of its computer network. Dilanian reported that the test results showed that County employees’ remote usage of the network from their home computers had created a security vulnerability for the unnamed water utility.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) would like to assure its customers that we are not the water system referenced in the story and the LADWP Water System did not hire the hacker to test the security of its computer network. In addition, our water system facilities and infrastructure are in no way accessible remotely via the internet and such a connection is not possible on our internal network. As such, LADWP water treatment operations cannot be controlled through the internet in any manner.