Cyberattack Targets Nuclear Waste Storage Facility in the US
The infrastructure network of several United States governmental agencies has partially been breached by a significant cyberattack. A Department of Energy national laboratory contractor and a radioactive waste storage facility managed by the same department are among the victims. Bloomberg reported this news, citing a source familiar with the situation.
During the cyberattack campaign, many American government agencies fell victim to the hackers, who exploited vulnerabilities in a data collection tool. The Department of Energy has swiftly enacted measures to prevent the further spread of this threat. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the US Congress were promptly notified about the incident. Currently, the department is collaborating with law enforcement and the affected structures to investigate the incident and assess the resulting damage.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory contractor, operating in the nuclear energy sector, was also a victim of the attack. However, representatives of the organization assert that the stolen materials are unrelated to their operation.
Another victim of this attack is the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant located in New Mexico. This site stores nuclear waste, including those from nuclear weapons, at great depths.
CISA, a subordinate agency to the US Department of Homeland Security, has confirmed the attack on several departments. According to Bloomberg, the suspected perpetrators behind the attack are Russian-speaking hackers from the Clop group, who exploited a vulnerability in the MOVEit file transfer application.
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