Hackers from a foreign government have breached at least a dozen U.S. power plants including a nuclear facility in Kansas, creating a widespread panic that could disrupt the United States electric power grid.
Three sources indicate that Russia is believed to be behind the attacks.
Right now it’s unclear if President Trump is planning on addressing the cyber attacks during his Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Trump has stated already that “you can’t be sure” if Russia is even behind the attacks on America’s 2016 election, let alone this latest one.
Currently, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI are trying to kick the hackers out of the power company networks. The NSA is working on the case, as well.
“Specialized teams have been scrambled to help extricate hackers from the power stations, in some cases without informing local and state officials. Meanwhile, the U.S. National Security Agency is working to confirm the identity of the hackers, who are said to be using computer servers in Germany, Italy, Malaysia, and Turkey to cover their tracks.”
The attack on the nuclear facility makes the attack that much more worrisome. If the hackers successfully trigger a shutdown of turbine systems, it can trigger safety mechanisms. Those devices are designed to disperse excess heat while a nuclear reaction is halted, but the safety systems may be vulnerable to attack, which is a major problem.
Hackers also infiltrated an unidentified company that makes control systems for equipment used in the power industry – officials believe this is related.
While it hasn’t been confirmed that Russia is the actual suspect, there’s a lot of evidence to suggest it is. Russia hackers recently took down the electrical grid in Ukraine and are testing increasingly advanced tools to disrupt power supplies.
Currently, representatives of the National Security Council, the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission declined to comment.
This is still a developing story.