Kim Jong-un feared to be planning attack on South Korean nuclear power stations after hackers access energy plant computers; plus NK loses internet access

South Korean employees conduct a simulated drill to ensure the safety of nuclear power plants under cyber attacks following the hacking attack last week

North Korea is suspected of being behind a hacking attack on computers controlling south Korean nuclear power stations, sparking fears Kim Jong-un may be planning a terror strike.

Computer systems at The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP) were successfully accessed last week with many immediately suspecting North Korea to be responsible.

KHNP and the government said only ‘non-critical’ data was stolen by the hackers, and that there was no risk to nuclear installations, including the country’s 23 atomic reactors.

However KHNP has ordered two days of safety drills at the nuclear plants to ensure their safety in the event of a successful hacking attack.

The hacking was reported as the United States accused North Korea of a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures…

Related: North Korea Loses (Its Little) Internet Access: North Korea’s connection to the public Internet went down Monday, after U.S. officials promised a “proportional response” to the nation’s alleged cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Did the U.S. knock North Korea offline?

Matthew Prince, chief executive of Cloudflare, a network and security company that monitors global Web access, said it’s conceivable. His engineers confirmed North Korea started losing its Internet connection to the outside world early Monday East Coast time, and was still down at mid-day…

I can only hope that China has told this idiot that if he goes beyond hacking and threats, it’s all over — yet I am not sure how they are responding. For unclear reasons they seem determined to keep in power.

Isn’t Communism just grand? I suggest we listen to the very same people who support Communism for advice on mass immigration to the West from alien cultures like Islam.  They did a bang-up job on the subject of Communism.

  • Just a thought

    “…NK loses internet access.”

    They must have blown a fuse, and can’t rememberwhat they did with the spare.

    • Zaba

      They had a spare?

  • Just a thought

    OK, let’s go to N.Korea, via internet, shall we…

    “DPRKorea-Trade – Official website to promote trade opportunities with North Korea.”

    Hmmm, I wonder if they modeled their economic recovery after Obama’s?

  • Xavier

    Why in the hell are the controls for a freakin’ nuclear reactor, or any power plant, accessible online? What possible benefits could outweigh the risks of being hacked?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      The control functions for U.S. reactors are absolutely NOT on-line.
      I’d say these days, nobody’s is, if they ever were.

      • Xavier

        “Computer systems at The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP) were successfully accessed last week”

        Maybe not in the U.S.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          They grabbed ventilation plans and some other stuff that should not be out there, but from everything I have read, no nuclear power plant controls are accessible from the Internet.
          If I am wrong, we will know very soon.

          • Xavier

            Check. Just read up on the CERT mission.

    • minuteman

      Canadian nuclear power plant control systems can not be accessed from the internet. Pickering was built in the late 60’s early 70s. Darlington was built in the 80’s internet didn’t exist yet. Don’t know a lot about the main digital control computers other than the fact that since the place was built they have been upgraded so that they no longer have volatile memory and programs loaded on magnetic tape. The computers that I am familiar with are first gen PLCs using intel 8086 processors. Each PLC runs one very small system, there are thousands of them for each reactor. This is technology that isn’t going on the internet.

      • Xavier

        I used to work for a large power production company on the east coast with gas, hydro, coal, and nuclear plants, pre-internet. I was not at the plants (worked in telecommunications engineering) but am familiar with 8086 PLCs.

        I misread the article and thank you for your response. As mentioned above, I looked up CERT’s security and they also claim that no controls are online, and that no controls can be hacked from within by rogue operators. Good news.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Then it would be time to nuke the entire country and kill every living thing there and make it uninhabitable for 40,000 years.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    23 atomic reactors…my, isn’t that wonderful news?