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Group backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran hacked into PA Water Facility

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Over the weekend, a Pennsylvania water facility was hacked by a group backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Aliquippa Municipal Water Authority was the victim of the hacking group known as Cyber Av3ngers. which successfully took control of the station setting off alarms, according to Matthew Mottes, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Municipal Water Authority.

CyberAv3ngers has claimed responsibility for a series of global cyber assaults, including against Israel. On their official X page, the group posted several photographs of the cyber-attack against the water treatment stations in Netanya, Israel, following the Oct. 7 massacre and Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip (below).

The Pennsylvania station is in Aliquippa and manages pressure for Raccoon and Potter Townships. Mottes told KDKA-TV that there is no identified risk to the water supply.

“The hacked system operated on a Unitronics platform, with Mottes noting that parts of the software are from Israel. Following the breach, the system has been shut down, and the Pennsylvania State Police are conducting a thorough criminal investigation at the booster station” reports Foreign Desk News.

“Since the Oct. 7 massacre, the Islamic Republic of Iran has called on its proxies in the Middle East and Hamas supporters throughout the international world to rally behind the terror movement against Israel, vowing to wipe the Jewish state from the face of the earth” adds Foreign Desk News.

 

 

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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