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>> The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Burlington Kansas, just one of at least a dozen US power operators penetrated by hackers. That's according to a Bloomberg report, citing unnamed current and former US officials. Reuters correspondent Jim Finkle is following the story.>> We spoke to people at the plant, and they wouldn't answer the question as to whether they had been breached or not.
00:00:27
But they sort of said, but anything that happened didn't affect our plant. It just affected the back-end system in the office. So the way nuclear plants are set up is you have completely separate systems, from the plant itself that operates the nuclear reactor and delivers electricity, and then the offices.
00:00:51
So what it appears is that a phishing email was sent, and it was opened by somebody in the plant, and they were infected that way. But, again, that hasn't been confirmed yet.>> Last month the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint report warning businesses to watch out for specific types of cyber-attacks.
00:01:11
>> They said that nuclear facilities, power plants, and critical manufacturing providers were targeted in a cyber-attack. They didn't identify any of them or say what sorta consequences there were. But the more that hackers learn about these plants, the closer they get to actually affecting their operations. And we do know that there have been two successful attacks to interfere with power distribution over the past two years, and those were in Ukraine.
00:01:39
So that we know that this can be done. It hasn't happened in the US as far as we understand. And, in fact, the nuclear industry put out a statement saying that, as far as they know, the operating part of a nuclear plant has never been penetrated by a hacker.
00:01:55
It doesn't mean it won't happen, but it apparently hasn't happened yet.