IAEA chief: Nuclear power plant was disrupted by cyber attack


BERLIN (Reuters) - A nuclear power plant became the target of a disruptive cyber attack two to three years ago, and there is a serious threat of militant attacks on such plants, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Monday.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director Yukiya Amano also cited a case in which an individual tried to smuggle a small amount of highly enriched uranium about four years ago that could have been used to build a so-called “dirty bomb”.

“This is not an imaginary risk,” Amano told Reuters and a German newspaper during a visit to Germany that included a meeting with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

“This issue of cyber attacks on nuclear-related facilities or activities should be taken very seriously. We never know if we know everything or if it’s the tip of the iceberg.”



I don’t remember how long ago it was, but the USA had made a computer virus whose purpose was to cause physical damage to centrifuges in a uranium processing facility. There is a book named “Dark Territory” that is about cyber attacks among different nations including the USA.


The default security is usually none at all, I’m afraid. A lot of companies and government agencies are solely reactive; they patch vulnerabilities, but pay little attention to design.


Stuxnet. There is a book about it called “Countdown to Zero Day”


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