An image taken with a thermal camera shows the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in Germany. The picture does not show any temperature difference outside the power plant.
Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued an urgent joint report last week warning operators of the attacks.
The intrusions have been happening since May, hitting companies including Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which operates a nuclear power plant in Kansas, the New York Times reports.
“What made these particular hacks disturbing was that they were really targeting nuclear facilities’ quality control engineers, who are the people who have access to the operational systems at nuclear facilities,” said New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth.
It’s not clear who is behind the attack, but Perlroth says investigators are comparing the hackers’ techniques to those of a Russian hacking group known to cybersecurity specialists as Energetic Bear.
“[We believe that] they are nation-state backed … because of the amount of resources it takes [to] target as many facilities are they have and in as many ways that they have,” Perlroth said. “But beyond that, we don’t know exactly who they are. They could be Russian contracted hackers, they could be what [Russian
President] Vladimir Putin calls patriotic hackers and they could be sitting in a government society. We really just don’t know.”
Researchers say Energetic Bear has been tied to attacks against the energy sector since at least 2012
Published on Jul 7, 2017
Day one of the G20 Summit has wrapped in Germany, but there’s no consensus on climate change, or trade—issues that weren’t problems in the past. The difference this year is the presence of U.S. President Donald Trump.
In a speech at the University of Oregon, James Hansen, NASA’s chief atmospheric scientist, walks listeners thru the most recent geologic periods, and speaks to the commonly heard climate canard, “It’s been hotter in earth’s history before – so what’s the big deal?’
Published on Jul 7, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump opened his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin by raising concerns about Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. (July 7)
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