FT: India confirms cyber attack on nuclear power plant

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The Government of India has confirmed that the newest nuclear power plant has been targeted by a computer attack, a situation that exposes cyber espionage to a key sector of the country, the Financial Times daily wrote, quoted by Mediafax. The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was attacked with a computer virus for data extraction associated with the Lazarus Group, IT experts say. Lazarus Group is connected to two networks of hackers backed by North Korea.

The Indian company (Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, NPCIL) confirmed that a virus was detected in the computer system of the nuclear power plant, stating that the software “was isolated from the essential internal network,” Hotnews reported.

The release is challenged by cyber experts, who say that essential data has been compromised. The NPCIL Group manages 22 commercial nuclear reactors in India, with a total capacity of 6,780 MW.

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