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Senator Edward Markey calls for U.S. govt to reveal details of nuclear plant cyber attacks

US Senator demands details of nuclear plant cyber attacks, Nuclear Energy Insider, US Senator demands details of cyber attacks on nuclear reactors

Senator Edward Markey has called for U.S. federal government departments to reveal how many nuclear power plants have been impacted by cyber attacks and demonstrate sufficient cyber security measures are in place, following media reports of security breaches.

Last week the New York Times reported a persistent cyber security threat targeted personnel working for nuclear plant operators and manufacturers of plant control systems, citing a classified report by the Department of Homeland Security. Bloomberg reported that the chief suspect in these attacks was Russia, which is also suspected of disrupting energy infrastructure in Ukraine.

Senator Markey demanded further details in a letter sent to federal government departments on July 10. Markey is a member of a U.S. subcommittee for international cyber security and sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“The Department of Homeland Security has stated that the impact of these attacks ‘appears to be limited to administrative and business networks.’ However, there is no guarantee that malicious code could not migrate to physical control systems through the errant or unauthorized use of removable storage devices,” Senator Markey said in the letter.

“Furthermore, administrative and business networks could contain information relevant to the safety and security of nuclear plants, as well as personal information about the plant personnel. Malicious actors could use sensitive data to undermine plant security,” he said……..http://analysis.nuclearenergyinsider.com/us-senator-demands-details-nuclear-plant-cyber-attacks-uk-hinkley-build-cost-rises-8

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July 14, 2017 - Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA

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