I thought that claim of a terrorist cyberattack on was nutty:
The water pump in question had been experiencing problems, turning on and off and eventually failing, water district board members said. The pump has malfunctioned several times in recent years, a DHS official said.
DHS was alerted to the Illinois report on Nov. 16 and at the water district’s request, on Sunday sent a team of industrial control system experts to the water plant to investigate, according to a DHS bulletin. FBI officials also took part in the inquiry, which included interviewing personnel and collecting logs for analysis. The agencies concluded that there was no malicious or unauthorized traffic from Russia, as stated in the preliminary Illinois report.
Many things about this story point our crazy fear of foreign terrorists. Why would any self-respecting terrorist attack a water system in Springfield, Illinois? Has anyone in al Qaeda even heard of Springfield, Illinois? Why did this get reported in the national press? And why does Illinois have a Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center? Outside of O'Hare Airport and the Loop, are there any terrorist targets in Illinois?
On 9/11, Maryland's governor closed all the state offices in Annapolis, saying they might be a target, which just made me laugh. Who has heard of Annapolis, and why would anyone attack the Maryland state government?
When big money became available to fight terrorism, legislators from every state fought to get a share for their constituents, with the result that we have counter-terrorism units in Denver and Sacramento, and extra security at office buildings in Billings. If we need to cut government spending, we should start with all the money we throw away preventing terrorism in places that terrorists couldn't even find.