back to article Infosec boffins meet to plan nuke plant hack response

Stuxnet gave the world a graphic demonstration just how high the stakes can be when malware hits machinery. This week, the world is starting to plan a response to an even scarier incident, in which an online attack is aimed at a working nuclear or radiological facility. Leading the fight is the International Atomic Energy …

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Mushroom

Defeating online attacks is simple...

Keep the systems offline.

Cheques to the usual address please.

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Re: Defeating online attacks is simple...

It's not quite that easy, as the Stuxnet attack on a radiological facility showed.

If you can infect the computer that programs the facility, you can use that to corrupt the PLCs that actually run the place later on.

Effectively a kind of sneakernet.

Which is worrying, and why I'm fairly paranoid about my laptop!

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Stuxnet

Stuxnet was aimed at a working nuclear or radiological facility. Not an actual nuclear reactor of course, but surely uranium enrichment still fits the definition.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Stuxnet

Yeah, but that was only Iran so it didn't count.

Or something.

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America and Israel thought Stuxnet was a pretty good idea.

But then America also thought the Afghans were too stupid technologically challenged to read their (unencrypted) drone video feeds.

In mythology Nemesis punishes those who harbour false pride in their achievements.

Or to put it another way pay back will be a b**ch.

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