Russian Hackers Penetrated U.S. Nuclear Plants: Report
According to a report published by Bloomberg on Thursday, U.S. officials have revealed that Russian hackers are the main suspects behind a breach of more than a dozen power plants across the U.S.
Citing three officials close to the investigation Bloomberg reported Thursday that Russia was able to breach the Wolf Creek nuclear plant but caused no “operational impact” to the facility.
“There was absolutely no operational impact to Wolf Creek,” a spokeswoman for the nuclear plant told Bloomberg News. “The reason that is true is because the operational computer systems are completely separate from the corporate network.”
In a joint statement obtained by the news outlet, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI confirmed the intrusion.
“There is no indication of a threat to public safety, as any potential impact appears to be limited to administrative and business networks,” the agencies said.
Several global cybersecurity firms are investigating the attack, but have not released any conclusions yet.
The news about the attack comes ahead of President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
On Thursday, Trump again trashed the U.S. Intelligence agencies and refused to specifically say Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
“I think it was Russia, but I think it was probably other people or countries, and I see nothing wrong with that statement,” Trump said.
“Nobody really knows,” he added. “Nobody really knows for sure, Trump concluded.