What happened when the Kudankulam nuclear plant was hacked – and what real danger did it pose?

Dartmouth PhD student, Prashant Anantharaman, and co-author Kartik Palani explore what really happened in Kudankulam. Despite what social media posts suggested, the attack wasn't on life-threatening critical infrastructures. But it should be a wake-up call to plug all holes.

What happened when the Kudankulam nuclear plant was hacked – and what real danger did it pose? Despite what social media posts suggested, the attack wasn't on life-threatening critical infrastructures. But it should be a wake-up call to plug all holes.

Since the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant near Kanyakumari confirmed on October 30 that it had been the target of a cyberattack, there has been a great deal of commentary – and speculation – about it. As researchers in the field of cybersecurity for critical infrastructures, we wish to describe how these systems are usually secured and to separate the hype from the fact. Read more...