[ISN] Exclusive: Nuke Regulator Hacked by Suspected Foreign Powers

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/08/exclusive-nuke-regulator-hacked-suspected-foreign-powers/91643/ By Aliya Sternstein Nextgov.com August 18, 2014 Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers within the past three years were successfully hacked by foreigners twice and also by an unidentifiable individual, according to an internal investigation. One incident involved emails sent to about 215 NRC employees in “a logon-credential harvesting attempt,” according to an inspector general report Nextgov obtained through an open-records request. The phishing emails baited personnel by asking them to verify their user accounts by clicking a link and logging in. The link really took victims to “a cloud-based Google spreadsheet.” A dozen NRC personnel took the bait and clicked the link. The IG Cyber Crime Unit was able to “track the person who set up the spreadsheet to a foreign country,” the report states, without identifying the nation. […]




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