How to stop the next nuclear disaster
The U.S. nuclear industry’s energy management unit has issued a warning that it is ready to launch a cyber attack to shut down the country’s nuclear power plants as soon as the next reactor shuts down.
In a blog post on Friday, the U.K. energy management department said it has been working with its energy partner, the Australian government, on an emergency response plan to shut the nation’s nuclear reactors down in the event of a nuclear disaster.
“We have been working on a plan to prevent a nuclear meltdown by taking actions that would prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and a terrorist attack,” the blog post by the energy department said.
It also warned that cyber attacks, or attacks using advanced hacking tools, would not work as planned because “a cyberattack is not a computer.”
“We do not have the ability to take out a nuclear reactor and have been preparing for that,” the post said.
“However, we do have the capacity to stop a nuclear power plant from going online.”
Our cyber-attack strategy includes the creation of cyber-enabled cyber-security solutions to shut out the power grid and the cyber-threat to nuclear facilities from the energy grid.
“The U.KS government is not alone in seeking to contain the risk of a terrorist nuclear attack.
In October, the European Union’s nuclear safety authority said it was ready to deploy “capable cyber-operations teams” to shut off the countrys nuclear power facilities if a nuclear catastrophe were to occur.
The U-N Nuclear Security Summit was held in London in October, where leaders agreed to a joint plan to “enhance the security and resilience of the European nuclear energy infrastructure.”