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Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and F.B.I. Say

Postby MrFredPFL » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:59 am

Story : https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/technology/nuclear-plant-hack-report.html





Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries.

Among the companies targeted was the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which runs a nuclear power plant near Burlington, Kan., according to security consultants and an urgent joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week.

The joint report was obtained by The New York Times and confirmed by security specialists who have been responding to the attacks. It carried an urgent amber warning, the second-highest rating for the sensitivity of the threat.

The report did not indicate whether the cyberattacks were an attempt at espionage — such as stealing industrial secrets — or part of a plan to cause destruction. There is no indication that hackers were able to jump from their victims’ computers into the control systems of the facilities, nor is it clear how many facilities were breached.







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Re: Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Secur

Postby ejonesss » Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:25 pm

The report did not indicate whether the cyberattacks were an attempt at espionage — such as stealing industrial secrets — or part of a plan to cause destruction.


still hackers getting into nuclear sites is extremely dangerous

what if a stuxnet like virus wreaked the same kind of havoc and blocked the operators from knowing the true status and there should be a meltdown despite the controls showing it is ok?

that is why i think the connections between the control room and the reactors should be hardwired and isolated from the internet physically.
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Re: Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Secur

Postby MrFredPFL » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:44 pm

i agree. i can't understand why stuff like this is accessible from the web.
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