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Is the nations water supply safe from attack? [Video]

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Within weeks of a cyberattack that impacted hospitals across the country, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now warning about attacks that could impact our water supply.

Ascension Healthcare, which operates hospitals, clinics and senior living facilities in the Chicago area and nationwide, was the victim of a cyberattack earlier this month, WBBM reported. This Monday, the EPA issued an enforcement alert about water system cybersecurity threats.

“Recent EPA inspections have revealed that the majority of water systems inspected – over 70% – do not fully comply with requirements in the Safe Drinking Water Act and that some of those systems have critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities, such as default passwords that have not been updated and single logins that can easily be compromised,” said the administration.

It said that the alert is part of a government-wide effort led by the National Security Council and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to reduce cyberattack vulnerabilities.

“Attacks on the nation’s water system have increased in frequency …

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