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U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirm Russian hackers targeting U.S. nuclear plants

Union of Concerned Scientists 16th March 2018, Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation officially confirmed that Russian hackers have been targeting US nuclear power plants and other critical facilities since at least 2016.

Regardless, the US nuclear industry has been pressuring the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to relax its cyber security standards. Below is a statement by Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“The Department of Homeland Security alert is a stark
reminder that nuclear power plants are tempting targets for cyber
attackers. Although the systems that control the most critical safety
equipment at US nuclear plants are analog-based and largely immune to cyber
attacks, many other plant systems with important safety and security
functions are digital and could be compromised. For instance, electronic
locks, alarms, closed-circuit television cameras, and communications
equipment essential for plant security could be disabled or reprogrammed.
And some plants have equipment, such as cranes that move highly radioactive
spent fuel, that utilize computer-based control systems that could be
manipulated to cause an accident.”

March 19, 2018 - Posted by | incidents, Russia, USA


  1. I am nun who has entered Y 12 National Nuclear Facility in peaceful demonstration to expose and resist the illegality that manufacturing component parts of nuclear weapons is a crime against the US Constitution, the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, Humanitarian Law, and the Laws of War. But I am a religious sister, and have no assets because of my vow of poverty since 1950.

    Comment by mrice12 | March 19, 2018 | Reply

  2. The only government that has actively targeted a Nuclear plant is Israel with Styxtnex, Why is this never mentioned

    Comment by K B | March 19, 2018 | Reply

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