Nuclear power plants across the globe are at increasing risk of cyber-attacks, which could ultimately lead to radiation leaks, according to a new report by the U.K.-based international affairs think tank, Chatham House.
In a worst-case scenario, the report says, cyber-attacks could result in a release of ionizing radiation with potentially disastrous impacts on local populations. Caroline Baylon, the report’s lead author, says such a breach could lead to similar consequences as those seen after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, which caused three nuclear meltdowns and forced the evacuation of more than 160,000 residents. “The threat [of such a large-scale] attack isn’t immediate,” says Baylon, “but if we let the situation continue, what’s it going to be like in three or four years?”
Full article: Cyber-Attack on Nuclear Facilities Could Cause Radiation Leaks (Newsweek)