A recent FBI warning says that hackers are targeting nuclear plants in the United States.
The FBI warning came in the form of a security document that was leaked. The leaked document included a urgent amber warning. This is the second-highest rating for the sensitivity of a threat. The official word from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security is that there is no threat to public safety.
According to the leaked documents, the hackers that have been hitting nuclear power plants in the United States are targeting individuals. This includes those with access to delicate systems. The U.S. government is working to enhance the security of these facilities, but advanced attacks can still penetrate them.
The source of the attacks in the FBI warning are unknown. However, the government believes that they are coming from a group of hackers backed by a government. The attacks resemble those making by Russian hacking group Energetic Bear, which has been going after energy companies since 2012, reports The New York Times.
The leaked FBI documents claim that hackers have gone after 12 different nuclear facilities in the United States. The idea that the attacks are coming from Russia could make the threats even more dangerous. The country has already been working to hack power grids in the Ukraine and it is developing more advanced tools to help it in its efforts.
“Regardless of whether malicious actors attempt to exploit business networks or operational systems, we take any reports of malicious cyber activity potentially targeting our nation’s energy infrastructure seriously and respond accordingly,” the Department of Homeland security told Bloomberg.
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