Daily Archives: July 7, 2017

Hackers have been targeting nuclear plants in the US and abroad | Public Radio International

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

Firms operating nuclear power plants and other energy facilities in the US have been under attack by hackers in recent months, according to a report by The New York Times.

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

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Hackers breached a dozen US nuclear plants, reports say – BBC News


Hackers breached at least a dozen US power plants in attacks in May and June, US media report, citing intelligence officials.

The targets included the Wolf Creek nuclear facility in Kansas, according to several reports.

An urgent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report indicated a foreign power, possibly Russia, was responsible, the New York Times said.

The DHS document carried the second-highest threat rating, the Times said.

Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp declined to say if the plant was hacked but said there had been “no operational impact” at the plant.

“The reason that is true is because the operational computer systems are completely separate from the corporate network,” spokeswoman Jenny Hageman told Reuters.

In a joint statement with the FBI, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said there was “no indication of a threat to public safety”.

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Day one of G20 wraps with no consensus on trade or climate change

CGTN America

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.

Trillion ton iceberg prepares to break off Antartica

CGTN America

Published on Jul 7, 2017
A chunk of ice nearly as big as Shanghai may break off of Antarctica at any moment. Scientists say it’s another alarm bell for climate change.

The 8 Minute Epoch: 65 million Years with James Hansen


Published on Jan 3, 2011

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?’

this presentation and others by Hansen available here:

original video of this lecture here:

A Natural By-Product of Nature


Published on Dec 27, 2010
CO2 is a naturally occurring compound, that plays a profound and vital role in a myriad of natural processes.
How could more of it be bad?

Tillerson: Trump and Putin Talks ‘Robust’

Associated Press

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)