UN fears hacker attacks against nuclear power plants

Jan EliassonU.N. deputy secretary Jan Eliasson attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

UN warns of the growing danger of cyber attacks on nuclear power plants, which may end with uncontrolled radioactive radiation.

UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said to the UN Security Council on Thursday that the danger of a “horror scenario” in which hackers attack computer systems associated with nuclear power are rising.

He notes that extremists and non-governmental groups with malicious intent are actively seeking weapons of mass destruction and that these weapons are increasingly available.

– Non-governmental groups can already cause massive disruption by use of cyber technology, says Eliasson.

He believes there is reason to be concerned about security around the stored radioactive material that can be used to make nuclear weapons which are not under international control and inspection.

Eliasson said it “will be a long term challenge” to prevent extremists carrying out attacks using weapons of mass destruction.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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