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India's largest nuclear power plant compromised after cyber attack

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 1, 2019
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) has confirmed that the system at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) was compromised in a cyber-attack while stating that the infected computer has been isolated.
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Earlier, following claims on the social media that a malware had infected the systems at the atomic plant, the NPCIL had denied any such development.

Topics: India' nuclear cyber attack

However, the NPCIL on Wednesday said a malware had been detected in its system at the power plant and the malware has been traced to North Korea's Dtrack.

"Identification of malware in NPCIL system was correct," the corporation said in a statement yesterday.

It added that the "infected PC", which has now been isolated from the critical internal network, belonged to a user "who was connected in the internet-connected network used for administrative purposes".

The "networks are being continuously monitored", the NPCIL said, while adding that "investigation also confirms that the plant systems are not affected".

The NPCIL said the CERT-in (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, an office within the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) had noticed the malware on September 4 and the NPCIL was duly informed.