Another Cyberattack Warning from U.S. Department of Justice

Important Takeaways:

  • Kansas nuclear plant was hacking target of Russian spies, Department of Justice says
  • A nuclear power plant in eastern Kansas was one target of computer hackers organized by Russia’s spy agency as part of a large-scale international operation to seize control over critical infrastructure assets in the U.S., the Department of Justice alleged in an indictment unsealed Thursday.
  • The agents are accused of computer fraud, wire fraud, identity theft and causing damage to the property of an energy facility.
  • The Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, based in Burlington, is named in the indictment as one of hundreds of U.S. energy sector operations targeted by Russian intelligence.
  • Through their efforts, the agents allegedly used a spearphishing method to compromise the company’s computer systems in which they sent emails while posing as employees.
  • Between 2012 and 2017, the three Russian agents were allegedly part of a military unit that intruded computers and attacked supply chains.

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