How A Cyberattack Against Nuclear Power Plant Almost Gave Terrorists A Dirty Bomb

Material to build a nuclear “dirty bomb” was almost smuggled out of a nuclear power plant four years ago, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog told reporters Monday.

The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that an unidentified individual tried to smuggle a small amount of highly enriched uranium about four years ago that could have been used to build a so-called “dirty bomb.” The plant was struck by an extremely disruptive cyber-attack, but the IAEA declined to give any further details.

  • Why are critical systems online?

    • Alain

      It is an invitation for hacking and this.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They shouldn’t be.
      NERC and FERC forbids it, now.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        You would be shocked as to what is still accessible.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Our control systems are isolated.
          Everyone in the northern mid-western states should know their power is secure.
          You can’t hack something that doesn’t run software.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Uranium? There’s a vein of it, around 12% by weight, in a spot near my favorite fishing hole…maybe someone should be guarding these places up here….

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      That strikes me as quite high.
      Next time you go fishing there, you might want want to pack a geiger counter.

  • canminuteman

    As a result of that incident, employees of Ontario Power Generation nuclear plants (and I suspect all others) have to go through a third radiation monitoring system to ensure they are not trying to sneak fuel bundles and calibration sources out of the plant. They are so sensetive that people who have had radiation medicine treatments can’t go withing 50 feet of them without alarming them.

    • Thank Goodness as I am almost certain Islamists work at Ontario’s nuclear stations.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        And Homer Simpson?