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A former employee of a small California canal system has been charged with installing unauthorized software and damaging the computer used to divert water from the Sacramento River.Michael Keehn, 61, former electrical supervisor at the Tehama Colusa Canal Authority (TCAA) in Willows, Calif., faces 10 years in prison on charges that he "intentionally caused damage without authorization to a protected computer," according to Keehn's Nov. 15 indictment. He did this by installing unauthorized software on the TCAA's Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, the indictment states. Read the rest of the story here...

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  • My general policy is to never trust preliminary news reports unless they come from multiple sources. This is no different.

    Do we know that the SCADA system was hacked? How? With whose passwords, and through what access? Were passwords changed? How was this discovered?

    If even half of the things in the news reports are true, there shouldn't be much doubt that there is a serious personality clash between Keehn and the general manager at the least. Other things are possible as well.

    This seems to be a case of how bullheaded and myopic two people can be. There may also be a SCADA incident here, but that remains to be seen.

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