family photo shows Jim Mimlitz sitting at the airport
in Frankfurt, Germany, in June during a layover on
his way to Russia. Mimlitz was mistakenly
connected to a reported cyber attack last
month on a water district in central
Illinois. The report turned out to be a false
While Mimlitz was on vacation with
his family in Russia in June, someone from
the Curran-Gardner Public Water District
near Springfield called his cellphone
and asked him to check data on the system. Mimlitz, a contractor for the water
district, did the checking, but he didn't mention he
was doing so from Russia.
Five months later,
after the water pump failed, a repairman
examining the logs saw a Russian IP address
linking to the system with Mimlitz's sign-on.
The water district reported that to a state
agency, and the Illinois Statewide Terrorism
and Intelligence Center got involved.
quick and simple phone call to me right away
would have defused the whole thing
immediately," Mimlitz said.
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