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A UK company that supplies water to more than 1.5 million people in the UK disclosed it was hit by a cyber attack in an incident security experts said highlighted potentially dangerous vulnerabilities in the country’s critical infrastructure.

Posting online, a ransomware group had claimed it was possible to tamper with water supplies by accessing an interface that could be used to control ultraviolet settings, which are used to clean water and kill harmful bacteria that can cause illnesses if consumed.

South Staffordshire Plc is the parent company of South Staffs Water and Cambridge Water, which together supply more than 1.5 million people with drinking water in areas surrounding Cambridge, the West Midlands, South Staffordshire, South Derbyshire, North Warwickshire and North Worcestershire. South Staffordshire Plc said on Monday that it was experiencing disruption to its corporate computer network as a result of the incident but that its ability to supply clean water had not been affected.

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