Russia was behind a cyber intrusion of the business network tied to a nuclear power plant in Kansas, according to allegations against the country made Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. in Burlington, Kan., was one target of numerous cyberattacks against electric, water and power plants in the U.S. The New York Times reported that cybersecurity experts saw the attacks as a signal that Russia is positioning itself to disrupt the United States’ critical facilities “in the event of a conflict.” It even reported Russian agents had the capability to shut down or sabotage some U.S. power plants.
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The U.S. Department of Energy has commissioned a national group of scientists to study the viability of diluting surplus weapons-grade plutonium and storing it permanently at the federal government’s underground repository in New Mexico. The panel of about 15 scientists from universities, corporations and laboratories around the nation will evaluate the storage potential at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation’s only facility for permanently disposing of tons of Cold War-era waste contaminated with small amounts of plutonium and other man-made radioactive elements. The scientists held their first meeting in November in Washington, D.C., then gathered again Tuesday in Carlsbad, where officials gave presentations and fielded questions on the feasibility of bringing plutonium to the repository, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports. Critics are unconvinced the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant can safely hold the plutonium, or that the facility’s mission can be expanded via federal law in an appropriate amount of time.
SF Gate 18th March 2018 read more »