A disturbing new report has just come out saying that “at least” one U.S. nuclear power plant has been hacked.
Breitbart reported that this comes months after the United Nations warned that terrorist groups were attempting to hack nuclear power plants in a “nightmare scenario.” It also comes one day after Chernobyl’s radiation monitoring system was hit by a cyber attack.
“Systems usually used to monitor the area around the power station – which is still an active and dangerous area following the disaster in 1986 – are not working because of the cyber attack, Ukrainian authorities said,” The Independent reported. “Those areas must now be monitored manually, according to a statement.”
However, an ABC News report tried to downplay this new nuclear hack on the U.S.
“There was no evidence that any particularly sensitive or operational systems were breached,” ABC News said. “Instead, authorities believe only a less sensitive, business-associated side of systems was compromised in at least one breach detected over recent months.”
Back in March, the Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command warned that the
increasing frequency of drones carrying out “unauthorized intrusions” over nuclear facilities posed a “growing threat.”
“Of recent concern have been the unauthorized flights of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over Navy and Air Force installations,” Gen. John E. Hyten told Congress. “These intrusions represent a growing threat to the safety and security of nuclear weapons and personnel.”
“We are continually assessing threats to ensure our security apparatus is capable of denying unauthorized access or use of nuclear weapons,” he continued.
Hyten went on to say that the U.S. government is working on “counter-unmanned aerial system defenses,” that will “effectively detect, track and, if necessary, engage small UAS vehicles.”
An investigation into this week’s hack is currently underway. Even if it’s confirmed that the information that was hacked was relatively harmless, this still shows that the U.S. nuclear power plant system is vulnerable to attack.
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