Hackers New Target – Nuclear Power Plants

By | January 15, 2016

Nuclear Power Plant

Nowadays every country wants their own Nuclear Power Plants, They all are working in the same field. According to recent research they are not serious about the security implemented for them.

According to the one study of the researchers, “20 countries scored a disappointing 0 (Zero) against theft and sabotage in nuclear power plants”.

This study is an audit of Security Operations Centers for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

After Studying the affairs between 2013 and 2014, it was revealed that during this period the cyber attacks against US nuclear power plants grew with 18%.

In the assessment report, it was highlighted that

the computer networks used by NRC pose a real threat due to inadequate security measure. The NRC’s general inspector added that the measures deployed aren’t “optimized to protect the agency’s network in the current cyber threat environment.”

The hackers have attempted to gain unauthorised access using social engineering, code injection techniques, and other attempts.

According to second study, it outlines the worldwide situation that reveals the gloomy condition of nuclear power plants. In this study, 47 countries were included — out of these, 24 had weapon-usable nuclear materials and 23 had nuclear facilities but they didn’t produce usable material.

Surprisingly, only 13 countries scored a perfect score of 4 when their preparations against a cyber attack (sabotage and theft) were examined. These countries were Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

On the other hand, 20 countries scored a disappointing 0 against theft and sabotage. These countries were Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, North Korea, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, and Uzbekistan.

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Nuclear power plants are highly sensitive facilities that need the extra layer of security measures. Employing an army of security personnel for security purposes will be useless if these plants are vulnerable to hacking attacks.

These reports suggest that immediate steps must be taken regarding this issue in everybody’s best interests.

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