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Nuclear plants warned of Internet virus attacks

Government regulators are warning nuclear plant operators about computer failures caused by Internet infections, disclosing disruptions of two important internal systems in January during a shutdown of an Ohio nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said safety never was compromised at the Davis-Besse plant. But the NRC said it was issuing a formal information notice this week to remind operators about the threats to their computer networks from computer viruses. The government confirmed that two important systems — a safety parameter display system and the plant process computer — at Davis-Besse were knocked offline for several hours. The NRC said the plant operator, FirstEnergy Nuclear, determined that a contractor had placed an unprotected computer connection to its corporate network that allowed the so-called “Slammer” worm to spread internally. The utility also failed to install a corrective software patch from Microsoft Corp. Full Story

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