“The authorities said the plot unfolded last Friday morning, when an employee noticed that someone was controlling his computer. He initially dismissed it because the city has software that allows supervisors to access computers remotely. But about five and a half hours later, the employee saw that different programs were opening and that the level of lye changed.” The NYT’s Frances Robles and Nicole Perlroth on a troubling attempt by hackers to try to poison the water supply of a Florida Town called Oldsmar (This is not your father’s Oldsmar). This story points to the vulnerabilities of having everything online and accessible. It’s also a reminder that while we focus a lot of effort protecting the big grids and water facilities, small town infrastructure is a ripe target. That’s a tough pill to swallow, especially without drinkable water.

+ Perlroth’s must read book, This is How They Tell Me the World Ends, is out today.