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UK government denies China/Russia nuke plant hack claim

December 5, 2023

The government of the United Kingdom has issued a strongly worded denial of a report that the Sellafield nuclear complex has been compromised by malware for years.

The report, appearing in The Guardian, claimed that the controversial complex was hacked by “cyber groups closely linked to Russia and China,” with the infection detected in 2015 but perhaps present before that year.

The report claimed that “sleeper malware” was embedded in unspecified systems, potentially compromising info on movement of nuclear materials and matters related to safety.

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