Of­fi­cials say no im­pact by nuke hack­ers

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — Of­fi­cials for the nu­clear and elec­tric­ity in­dus­tries say there has been no ap­par­ent im­pact from a hack­ing cam­paign that has drawn the at­ten­tion of fed­eral of­fi­cials.

The as­sur­ances late Satur­day came af­ter fed­eral of­fi­cials told elec­tric­ity grid op­er­a­tors last week about a hack­ing or phish­ing cam­paign that has tar­geted the en­ergy and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors.

John Kee­ley, spokesman for the in­dus­try’s Nu­clear En­ergy In­sti­tute, said no re­ac­tors op­er­at­ing in the U.S. have been af­fected. Kee­ley added that if they had, the in­ci­dents would have been re­ported to the Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion and made pub­lic. He de­clined fur­ther com­ment, say­ing the mat­ter is clas­si­fied.

Scott Aaron­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for se­cu­rity for the Edi­son Elec­tric In­sti­tute, which rep­re­sents in­vestor-owned power com­pa­nies, said there has been no im­pact to sys­tems con­trol­ling power grids.

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