An ex-official of the municipality of Lopik has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service for sabotaging the sewer system. The man logged in twice from the outside to sabotage the system of the installation.
In November 2017 and January 2018 the sabotage took place. On the first occasion, the ex-official cleared eight thousand files. As a result, the system could not be controlled remotely for three days. At the second time, the pumps were switched on, the shut-off valves were turned off and the malfunction reports were switched off.
There were two IP addresses with which the man had logged in: the IP address belonging to his house in Bergambacht and that of his parents in Zwartsluis . According to the statement, a note was found at his home with login details. The police suspect that he had logged in with a laptop from the municipality, but there is no evidence that the suspect still had the laptop. The municipality missed one of the two laptops with a data plan from Vodafone for the use of Aquaview, the management and monitoring program for the sewer system.
The man was employed by the municipality of Lopik until 1 July 2017, where he was responsible was for the sewer system. As an administrator, he provided the user names and passwords for Aquaview to the fitters. The version of Aquaview used in the sabotage was different from that of the other users.