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GWI probing ‘high-tech’ sabotage

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2015, 3:17 by GxMedia

GWI’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles.

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) says it is probing the sabotage of its Information Communication Technology (ICT) network that resulted in a virtual breakdown of the computer network at its headquarters.

The provider of water and sanitation services says ICT personnel found a “hidden wireless device” that compromised its network at its Corporate Complex on Vlissengen Road and Church Street, Bel Air Park, Georgetown.

“These complaints ranged from reduced connectivity to the complete loss of the network connection,” the utility company said in a statement.

GWI said the device was found following a scan by the ICT Department. “Efforts are presently being made to locate the source of the signal,” said GWI in its statement.

The discovery has alarmed GWI’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles who stated that a full investigation will be launched into discovery of the device. “One can only conclude that this was attempted sabotage by unknown persons who wish to undermine the integrity of GWI’s Internal Network,” stated the CEO. “In fact, I have consistently experienced difficulties connecting to GWI’s Network from my Secretariat since the commencement of my tenure.  I can assure that once the culpable party is identified, full disciplinary action will be enforced.  We cannot allow these attacks within such a vital utility.  We will contact the Guyana Police Force should there be a recurrence,” he added.

The company’s ICT Department is currently conducting an investigation into the discovery of the device and findings are expected to be presented to Van West-Charles and management of GWI. 

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