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Published: Sat, July 08, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Report says Wolf Creek target of cyber attack

Report says Wolf Creek target of cyber attack

Meanwhile in a joint statement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said, "There is no indication of a threat to public safety, as any potential impact appears to be limited to administrative and business networks".

So far, it appears that hackers gained access to office computer systems but failed to take control of devices that are used to operate of any of the facilities. Sources tell Bloomberg that the hackers appear to be searching for ways to disrupt America's electrical grid-and the chief suspect is Russian Federation, where hackers are believed to have taken down part of Ukraine's power system.

The news organization Reuters reported Saturday that the us government had warned industrial firms about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, but the report provided to the firms did not name any specific victims.

The joint report suggests that the hackers are interested in mapping out the computer networks to inform potential future attacks.

Although the warning did not indicate who was sponsoring the hackers, the language used to describe the them was consistent with what's typically used to denote hackers that've been backed by governments.

"The safety and control systems for the nuclear reactor and other vital plant components are not connected to business networks or the internet", Hageman said.

That report says a DHS alert circulated among power stations named Wolf Creek in error, but added that the attackers had apparently gained at least one set of user credentials. That is, the hackers could have been engaging in either espionage (of industrial secrets) or - even worse - a means to plot destruction.

Officials at Wolf Creek have said no "operations systems" have been affected.

Among the companies targeted was the Kansas based Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, the report said.

Energy, nuclear and critical manufacturing organizations have frequently been targets for sophisticated cyberattacks. Global governments have also taken to deeming power plants as criticial infrastructure to offer them additional security against potential cyberthreats.

They sent highly targeted emails to senior engineers at operating firms behind the nuclear plants, mimicking job applications but laced with malicious code, the newspaper said.

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