The New York Times reports that cyberattacks have targeted American energy facilities, including Wolf Creek Nuclear plant in Kansas, since May. The hacks, which may have originated from Russia, gained access to office computer systems but failed to take control of operations. Reports suggest that hackers were mapping networks for future missions, adding to concerns that recent attacks of Ukrainian energy infrastructure may have been test runs for taking down Western facilities.
“The report did not indicate whether the cyberattacks were an attempt at espionage — such as stealing industrial secrets — or part of a plan to cause destruction. There is no indication that hackers were able to jump from their victims’ computers into the control systems of the facilities, nor is it clear how many facilities were breached. Wolf Creek officials said that while they could not comment on cyberattacks or security issues, no ‘operations systems’ had been affected and that their corporate network and the internet were separate from the network that runs the plant.”- NY Times