Kansas Man Hacks Public Water System

A 22-year-old male Kansas resident has been indicted by the DOJ for hacking a public water facility’s computer system and jeopardizing the residents’ safety and health in the local community.

“By illegally tampering with a public drinking water system, the defendant threatened the safety and health of an entire community,” explained Lance Ehrig, Special Agent in Charge of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division in Kansas.

The suspect Wyatt Travnichek reportedly worked at the Ellsworth County rural water district months before carrying out the attack on March 27, 2019.

According to the investigation, Travnichek allegedly shut down the cleaning and disinfecting processes at the facility after gaining access to the system. 

Federal investigators added that the hack was possibly carried out over a Samsung smartphone.

If Travnichek is found guilty, he could face up to 25 years in federal prison and a total fine of $500,000.


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