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28 April, 2016

Fears of terrorist nuke attack after power plant hacked in Germany

A German nuclear power plant found its network implanted with viruses which could allow remote access to equipment for moving nuclear fuel rods. The major security breach occurred at the Gundremmingen nuclear power plant, 75 miles northwest of Munich, after malware was found on 18 removable data drives.

The W32.Ramnit and Conficker viruses were discovered on the drives — malware which could be used to obtain sensitive nuclear fuel data. W32.Ramnit allows hackers access to files and, potentially, physical control over systems; terrorists could access the information and use it to build a radioactive ‘dirty' bomb.

According to officials, the plant is isolated from the Internet, and, as such, no online theft could occur.

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The two Brussels bombers hid a camera near the home of the research and development director of the Belgian Nuclear Programme. Police assumed the two were planning a kidnapping to gain access to the highly-sensitive atomic site.

Another warning sign was the discovery of documents related to a German nuclear base, in the flat of a Paris attacks suspect.The Gundremmingen case has pushed German utility company RWE to enhance its cybersecurity protection measures.

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