The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been hacked three times over the course of the last three years according to a recently published NextGov report. The report explains that hackers from an unnamed foreign country duped NRC employees into installing malware and clicking on phishing links in an attempt to secure log-in details.
It’s not clear exactly what the hackers were seeking to obtain beyond those details.
The NRC records and maintains detailed information about nuclear reactors, waste storage facilities and uranium processing plants across the U.S. — including security details and how radioactive materials are stored. In other words, it would be good if its servers weren’t hacked. [NextGov via Threatpost]
Picture: Nuclear weapon test on Bikini Atoll in 1954/DOE