Hackers have begun to target the systems of energy facilities in the United States, including nuclear power stations.
According to the New York Times, the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation in Kansas was targeted in an attack confirmed by the US Department Homeland Security.
While it’s not yet clear what the purpose of the attack was, experts suggest that it may have been the work of a Russian hacking group known as “Energetic Bear”.
The modus operandi seems to be the same. The hackers gained access to systems by submitting falsified resumes infected with malicious code.
Once inside, however, they only seem to have ‘mapped out’ networks for future attacks. The investigation may yet reveal more about their intentions, but no lasting damage has been done.
Nonetheless, the attack has spooked the US government, which earlier this year primed itself for attacks on state infrastructure – like power plants.
The New York Times confirms that other facilities have also been targeted, but their exact identities remain classified.