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World’s Nuclear Facilities Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks


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World’s Nuclear Facilities Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks

Thalif Deen, IPS News

As hackers continue to rampage through closely-guarded information systems and databases with monotonous regularity, there is a tempting new target for cyber-attacks: the world’s nuclear facilities.

A warning has already been sounded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has urged the world community to intensify efforts to protect nuclear facilities from possible attacks.


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World’s Nuclear Facilities Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks

So are:
the entire power grid, air traffic control systems, traffic lights, water and sewage treatment systems, broadcasting and Internet providers, satellite networks, the GPS location system, diplomatic and military communications networks, and chemical processing (including petro-chemical refineries).

Like the biological kind, a computer virus, once on the loose, can go everywhere and infect everything. Also, we cannot be certain that other dark forces are not working on even more devious and lethal viruses that will be loosed on the cyber world of a humanity that has just about lost any memory of how to run itself without the aid of computer networks.


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While true a virus can affect any number of types of power generating stages , the consequences of such are not the same.

A hydro station shut down by such a virus would not have the same consequences of a nuclear power station.

This just another reason to shut down and stop pouring money into nuclear power


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No offense, but this is old news. This was reported in RT News months ago.


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Add this article about cyber-attacks of nuclear facilities and Ralph Nader's article about reliance on Artificial Intelligence and you wonder if we humans are grown up enough to be as smart as we are. We invent technologies that are beyond our capacities to manage and control.

No some AI won't start running a nuclear power plant but it won't be long before AI or semi-intelligent switches, relays, testers, monitoring systems etc (which are already used to some extent) become more complex and take on more and more managerial capacity in the operation of a plant.

Those who favor the use of nuclear energy will dismiss such objections and will insist as always that the nuclear plant will be safer for using AI or semi-AI systems in its operation. They want nuclear power to be used and so they pass off the risk of a hack attack by cybernauts, terrorists or even by the concerted efforts of hostile foreign governments. The danger exists and AI developments will only increase that dangerous vulnerability.

Many a castle or fortress was completely invulnerable to a siege ... up until gunpowder was invented.

Nuclear power plants will be completely invulnerable to cyber attacks... up until...?


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For information on many generally unacknowledged problems with nuclear power see media.wix.com/ugd/1521ac_f7bb55250cce4556a2bf3d3097e55d17.pdf and for more related information on the development of new energy sources see ufsolution.wix.com/unifiedfieldsolution .


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Japan recently restarted its first nuclear power plant since the Fukushima triple melt-down, on March 11, 2011. A volcano is about to erupt just 20 miles away from Sendai NPP. Are cyber attacks a bigger risk than earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, or other natural disasters? An Extinction Level Event is already in progress, folks. It's Bucket List time!

(Oh, and have you heard about the failing Boone Dam in Tennessee, where they can't draw the water down too low, or the downstream nuclear power plants will not receive cooling water? Let's hope they can fix that LEAKING DAM soon!)

Yes, we should ALL be TERRIFIED about the possible threat of cyber attacks on nuclear power plants!


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They are also pretty darn vulnerable to global warming's sea level rises too.


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Didn't they say that ISIS had good hackers? If so they could beat US with our trillion dollar/yr Pentagon budget, without firing a shot.


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Nuclear power shut down in Iran, Talk about a centipede in a jar looking for a corner. We hate nuclear power...wait, we love Iran....we hate religion....we love their religion...we love nuclear power in Iran.. Holy Cow! we have to defend a theocracy that wants nuclear power....Oh crap...brain exploding from hypocricy....Bush did it!!!!


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My first response to this article was, "Well, Duh!"

The United States (and/or Israel) was unbearably stupid in using the Stuxnet virus to try to worry people in the Iranian government. We used the virus. Then we went and made the virus public in Iran by having it blow its cover in Iranian military sites. Then the Iranian military sold the Stuxnet code to all comers.

We have Chinese hackers breaking into U.S. computers and stealing all sorts of data on federal employees. We have unidentified Russian hackers breaking into the IRS and stealing all sorts of personal data.

I have the utmost respect for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's ability to safeguard American nuclear reactors against a simultaneous e-attack on every reactor in the country, causing them all to go supercritical in the same minute. Okay, I made that up, let's try again. I don't respect the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's ability to protect spit from houseflies. Over the decades the NRC has shown as close to zero response to identified new threats as any agency in Washingtoon. If they had the slightest ability to respond to threats they would have already shut down every single commercial nuclear power plant in the U.S. and in all of its colonies and occupied territories.


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When referring to people who break computer security, would you please not call them "hackers"? We hackers, who enjoy playful cleverness in a variety of fields, most of which don't involve computer security, get a bad name if you use our name that way.

Please call the security-breakers "crackers" to avoid this confusion.

See http://stallman.org/articles/on-hacking.html.