Feds: No hacking in Illinois water pump failure

November 23, 2011 - 8:20 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal authorities say reports that hacking caused a water pump failure in Illinois' capital city aren't true.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Chris Ortman says initial reports over the weekend about the failure in Springfield were based on raw and unconfirmed data.

He said in a Tuesday statement that detailed analysis by DHS and the FBI found no evidence of a cyber intrusion or any malicious activity. Homeland security officials have said in the past that they investigate every piece of intelligence that comes into the agency.

Water district officials have said the water pump burned out earlier this month. The district has multiple pumps and there never was a break in service to about 2,200 rural customers.