Feds Indict Former Employee for Hacking Public Water System

Feds Indict Former Employee for Hacking Public Water System


According to a recent report, federal prosecutors have indicted a Kansas man for allegedly accessing the computer system of the public water system and altering the process for cleaning customers’ drinking water. The man, a former employee of the treatment plant, allegedly shut down processes that would impact the cleaning and disinfecting procedures of the plant.

Ars Technica reports that an indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas stated that Wyatt A. Travnichek, 22, of Ellsworth County, Kansas was employed between January 2018 and January 2019 at the Ellsworth County Rural Water District No. 1 and allegedly tampered with a public water system.

Prosecutors allege: “On or about March 27, 2019, in the District of Kansas, the defendant, Wyatt Travnichek, knowingly tampered with a public drinking water system, namely the Ellsworth County Rural Water District No. 1. To wit: he logged in remotely to Post Rock Rural Water

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