Nuclear power plants and other energy providers put on high alert as Homeland Security warns that hackers are trying to breach their computers systems

Nuclear plants and other energy providers have been put on high alert after Homeland Security revealed hackers had attempted to break into their computer system.

Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which runs a nuclear power plant near Burlington, Kansas, was one of the hackers’ targets according to a joint report by Homeland Security and the FBI last week.

The report carried an urgent amber warning, the second-highest rating for such a threat.

  • dapto

    Who are these hackers? Democrats ?

  • BillyHW

    Why are they connected to the internet?

    • Hard Little Machine

      Payroll, order entry, etc.

      • Exile1981

        and each segment of the grid can send commands to change output to all the plants under it on the grid.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Hackers do what hackers do. The question is, why haven’t these utilities upgraded their firewalls to current threat levels? Are they expecting the feds to bail them out?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The control systems of power companies are not connected to the internet.

      • Exile1981

        Actually thats not exactly true. Some systems are connected and some have an air gap.

        It is possible to send a command to the control room through the internet, but that command tells a physical opperator to change output. You couldn’t shut off the cooling system or cause an explosion….. assuming they meet the current cyber security rules.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It depends on the objective. Disrupting the power supply or somehow create a nuclear accident. I suspect the former since there too many other controls in place. And if blowing something up attacking a chemical refinery is just as bad.

  • andycanuck

    Mind you, the last time the MSM reported this it turned out that an employee’s work laptop had porn on it that might have been from a site known to get hit by malware links and not that the plant’s system had been hacked, that the laptop had been hacked and it was linked to the plant’s system, that the laptop wasn’t linked but it had been hacked, until we were finally told the truth.