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An Indian nuclear power plant suffered a cyberattack. Here’s what you need to know.

By: Debak Das,  The Washington Post
November 5, 2019

Debak Das, a doctoral candidate in the field of political science, writes in this Washington Post news piece about the circumstances surrounding the most recent cyberattack on the largest Indian nuclear power plant.

 “The malware attack on KKNPP was noticed Sept. 4 by the CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team), which is the national agency for responding to cybersecurity incidents. An investigation by India’s Department of Atomic Energy revealed that a user had connected a malware-infected personal computer to the plant’s administrative network,” he writes. “While the plant’s operational network and systems are separate from and not connected to the administrative network, one newspaper reported that there may have been a second 'more serious' target.”

Read the entire news piece.