You’ve been hearing a lot about Russian hackers. The news is dominated these days by reports that the Russian government may have interfered with the 2016 presidential election.
That’s nothing compared to a new, potentially deadly threat. Hackers have infiltrated nuclear power plants in the United States, according to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
These hacks appear to be by the Russian hacking group Energetic Bear. It’s likely they are mapping out nuclear facilities for future attacks.
The FBI and DHS gave this attack an amber warning. That’s the second-highest threat level.
You can just imagine the devastation an attack on a nuclear power plant will have on countless Americans. One facility targeted in the attack is the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation in Kansas.
You won’t believe how easily these hackers infiltrated this highly secure power plant. They sent resumes to executives at the facilities.
Those resumes included links. Whoever clicked on the links exposed their credentials to the hackers. Meaning, they potentially had access to restricted data about the nuclear facility.
This isn’t the first time hackers have attacked the U.S. power grid. Among those attacks, Iranian hackers broke into a New York dam’s computer system a few years ago.
This new hack by the Russians isn’t likely to result in immediate problems. “The safety and control systems for the nuclear reactor and other vital plant components are not connected to business networks or the internet,” said a Wolf Creek spokesperson in a statement. “The plant continues to operate safely.”