US nuclear facilities hacked

Oak Ridge

A contractor for the department’s Office of Science and national laboratories, including Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (pictured) that produces uranium for nuclear bombs and conducts nuclear energy research, was among the victims of a wide-ranging cyberattack that saw several federal agencies hacked, according to Bloomberg.

“The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is overseen by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office, but spokesperson Pam Bonnee said the breached materials had nothing to do with the national lab,” said the article.

“The Energy Department’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico, which stores nuclear waste from the country’s weapons thousands of feet underground, was also affected by the attack. As of Thursday afternoon, the facility’s website was offline. A spokesperson at the facility declined to comment.”

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