Hackers target India's largest nuclear power plant by infecting computers with malware & # 39; linked to North Korea & # 39;
- The malicious software was found on the systems of the Kudankulam plant last month
- Experts identified it as malware created by a hacking group linked to North Korea
- Nuclear energy bosses said that only an administrative computer was infected
The largest nuclear power plant in India was targeted by hackers who had infected his computers with malware, it turned out.
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India said the malicious software – presumably linked to North Korea – was detected last month and nuclear energy specialists were called in to investigate it.
Energy bosses admitted the cyber attack on the Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu yesterday after initially denying it.
The malware turned out to be aimed at an administrative computer instead of the factory control system, according to nuclear officials.
Under fire: the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in South India (photo) was attacked by hackers infecting her computers with malware
& # 39; The investigation revealed that the infected PC belonged to a user who was connected to the (network) used for administrative purposes, & # 39; said a statement.
& # 39; This is independent of the critical internal network. The networks are constantly monitored.
& # 39; Research also confirms that the installation systems are not affected. & # 39;
Experts believe that the attack was carried out using DTrack, a type of malware that is linked to the dark hacking group Lazarus.
Lazarus, in turn, is supposed to be controlled by the North Korean government by the US authorities.
The group was beaten with American sanctions earlier this year and accused of attacking military and financial institutions, among others.
Hackers from Lazarus are said to have stolen about $ 80 million (£ 62 million) from a New York Federal Reserve account used by the Central Bank of Bangladesh.
Cyber security company Kaspersky has said that the malware can be used as a malicious & # 39; external management tool & # 39 ;.
Using the software, criminals can perform various operations such as uploading and downloading files and performing key processes, Kaspersky warns on its website.
Experts believe the attack was carried out using DTrack, a type of malware that is linked to North Korea. Pictured: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center)
Authorities admitted the cyber attack yesterday, just 24 hours after they had denied it had taken place at all.
Speculation was advanced after intelligence analyst Pukhraj Singh on Twitter claimed that & # 39; mission-critical goals & # 39; were hit in a cyber attack.
In an earlier statement, factory officials said that according to the Indian media a cyber attack on the nuclear power plant is not possible & # 39; used to be.
Nuclear bosses had insisted that the factory have its own network that is not connected to the wider global internet.
The factory in southern India was running & # 39; without operational or safety considerations & # 39 ;, they had said.
The site, which was opened in 2013, includes reactors built by Russia and a deal to build it was already agreed in 1988 with the then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
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