Cyber-security threat could cause ‘Fukushima-like disaster’


January 20, 2016

A new report has warned of the danger of cyber-threats to nuclear facilities around the world, notably how an act of cyber-sabotage could “produce a similar release of radiation” to Fukushima.

The report, the Nuclear Security Index: Building a Framework for Assurance, Accountability and Action, was released by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a nonprofit which monitors the security of nuclear facilities worldwide. It is unambiguous in its findings: “A cyber attack against a nuclear facility could facilitate the theft of nuclear materials or an act of sabotage leading to a catastrophic radiation release. Yet most states are not effectively prepared to deal with this emerging threat.”

While much of global public infrastructure could be said to be open to cyber-attack, the report details the multiple ways in which cyber-threats could pose a nuclear danger of catastrophic proportions.

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