Last week, 24 hours after denying reports of cyber attack on the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, NPCIL, which is the public sector undertaking under the Department of Atomic Energy, admitted to a malware attack on one of the computers at KKNPP, adding that the plant systems had not been affected.
The clarification came after cybersecurity analyst Pukhraj Singh, who was formerly with the government’s National Technical Research Organisation, took to Twitter and posted, “domain controller-level access at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, extremely mission-critical targets were hit” and that the government was notified about it “way back”. Singh added a third-party discovered the incident, it “contacted me & I notified National Cyber Security Coordinator, Lt. Gen Rajesh Pant (retd) on Sep 4.”
Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky later identified the malware as Dtrack, which was previously linked to North Korea.
Speaking exclusively to India Today TV, Singh said that the fact that the administrative network of the plant was attacked points towards the severity of the situation. Read More
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