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Rumour of cyber attacks on Kudankulam nuclear unit baseless: NPCIL

Any Cyber attack on the Nuclear Power Plant Control System is not possible, says R Ramdoss, Training Superintendent & Information Officer

IANS  |  Chennai 

A policeman walks on a beach near Kudankulam nuclear power project (photo: Reuters)
A policeman walks on a beach near Kudankulam nuclear power project (photo: Reuters)

India's atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) on Tuesday termed as false the information on social media that its nuclear power plants at in Tamil Nadu suffered cyber attack.

"This is to clarify Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) and other Indian Nuclear Power Plants Control Systems are standalone and not connected to outside cyber network and Internet," R Ramdoss, Training Superintendent & Information Officer, said in a statement.

"Any Cyber attack on the Nuclear Power Plant Control System is not possible," he added.

According to him, the KNPP units 1 and 2 are operating at 1,000 MW and 600 MW respectively without any operation or safety concerns.

The KNPP has two nuclear power units of 1,000 MW capacity each.

The issue came up when an Indian twitter user Pukhraj Singh tweeted: "So, it's public now. Domain controller-level access at Nuclear Power Plant... The government was notified way back. Extremely mission-critical targets were hit."

Singh later tweeted: "Seeing KKNPP's press release, I would like to add that I notified Lt Gen Rajesh Pant (National Cyber Security Coordinator) on September 4. Follow-up emails were exchanged... acknowledging the issue. I would solicit no further enquiries on the matter, requesting privacy."

"Please don't confuse control systems with a domain controller. They're different things," he tweeted again.

A cyber security expert told IANS that domain controller is like a local area network (LAN) whereas control systems are those that control the operation of the plant.

According to the expert, the control systems would get affected if anyone manually uses a pen drive used in the affected system in the computer systems connected to control systems.

However attempts by IANS to get clarifications from NPCIL Chairman S.K. Sharma went in vain.

First Published: Tue, October 29 2019. 22:16 IST
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