India’s Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant reportedly affected by a cyber attack

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is the country’s most advanced nuclear power station.

India’s Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, which is located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and is the country’s most advanced nuclear power station, is denying the reports of it suffering a ‘cyber-attack’.

Recently, news came to spotlight that the Kudankulam nuclear station had been hacked. The unverified reports pointed out that ‘DTrack RAT’, a virus, having infected the system at the power plant.

However, soon after the news spread, the plant issued a statement denying the cyber-attack. The statement read:

“False information … being propagated (sic) on the social media platform, electronic, and print media.”

Ramdoss, the training superintendent and information officer at the plant, ensured that “Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) and other Indian Nuclear Power Plants Control Systems are stand-alone and not connected to outside cyber network and Internet,”
Apparently proclaiming that the separation from the global network was a protective measure.

“Any Cyberattack on the Nuclear Power Plant Control System is not possible,” – the statement continued.

“Presently, KKNPP Unit-1 &2 are operating at 1000 MWe and 600 MWe respectively without any operational or safety concerns,” it concluded.

Despite the denial from the officials of Kudankulam plant, there have been reports coming from VirusTotal and Kaspersky verifying that a malware called ‘Dtrack’ was used to attack targets in India.

Anand Venkatanarayanan, a Cybersecurity researcher, called the denial “a non-statement”, explaining that “it neither confirms nor denies the malware attack. The initial reports did not say if the malware was found on the IT systems or the OT systems.”

Pukhraj Singh, Cybersecurity expert, who had informed the Lt. Gen Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator Lt, while talking to The Quint, said that he had often pointed out how the IT network of the power plant had been compromised, which is different from its control system.

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