In a shocking alert, India’s largest nuclear plant in Kudankulam, Tamilnadu has suffered a cyberattack!
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NCIL) confirmed this on October 31, 2019, attributing North Korea-based hacker group to have done this.
As the sources say, one of the systems attacked by malware was only used for administrative purposes and not connected to main control at the facility.
“The investigation revealed that the infected PC belonged to a user who was connected in the internet network used for administrative purposes. This is isolated from the critical internal network,” NPCL said in a statement.
NPCL further added that the government’s CERT-In, which is responsible for emergency response, has notified them about the malware on September 04, 2019. Following this, atomic energy specialists have reportedly scanned the critical systems.
“The networks are being continuously monitored. Investigation also confirms that the plant systems are not affected,” NPCL adds.
A day earlier the attack, the nuclear body denied such reports stating the “false information was being propagated across electronic and social media.”
The renowned cyber-security firm Kaspersky identified this malware as DTrack, the one used by hackers to attack Indian financial systems and research centers in the past. Its earlier version ADTrack was used to hack Indian ATMs in the past.
NPCL operates 22 commercial nuclear power reactors of 6,780 MW capacity across the country.