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"Stuxnet targeted high speed rotating machinery controls, most probably the Uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran. Both electricity generators and water pumps are examples of rotating machinery that are also controlled in industrial systems by PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers). Communications with industrial control systems, often via SCADA, can be a vector for attack, or as in the case of Stuxnet, malware can be introduced directly by a bad actor. It is not hard to extrapolate that designer-malware could target these systems with the intent to shut them down and cause at the very least the emergency shut down of a nuclear power plant, at the worst, release of a radioactive plume and the permanent disabling of the reactor - as has happened in Japan," Stiennon replied via email.
Numerous experts have speculated that a major cyber attack on critical infrastructure would most likely not occur in isolation, but in conjunction with a conventional kinetic attack, which would present a situation even more similar to what we are witnessing in the aftermath the natural disaster that occurred in Japan.
But if a non-kinetic Stuxnet-like attack could in effect produce serious kinetic damage on the magnitude of disabling of a nuclear facility, or worse, the discharge of radioactive material and the potential for a core meltdown, the notion that such an attack would only occur in conjunction with a traditional military offensive seems to be less likely.
From what I understand of the current crisis in Japan, the problems at the nuclear facilities did not stem from the reactors themselves sustaining significant damaged in the earthquake.
Instead, the problem with the reactor cores over-heating was caused by a disruption to the power and water supplies that are needed for the cooling systems. The problem was compounded by the destruction of the backup generators for the cooling system pumps in the subsequent tsunami.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
.. dunno, im pretty sure the massive 9.0 earthquake and following tsunami resulted in the Plants water pumps being damaged and unable to cool reactors was the main reason things are over heating.
stuxnet was incharge of tampering with enrichment capabilities I thought...
stuxnet wuoldnt do jack if the system board it was infecting was water soaked or destroyed.
The reactor complex stood up to the quake and the tsunami quite well.
And Israel did the security!!! Israel does security for all Japanese nuke plants, and also those of the US. The makers of stuxnet were from the same team as the ones doing security at the plants that were attacked.
Originally posted by richaado
The earliest pics of the Fukushima plant showed that at least superficially the damage was minor to the site. Pipes were in place, nothing much at all was washed away.
The backup generators are in waterproof containers and weren't washed away. I don't know if any of the fuel tanks were washed away but getting diesel wouldn't have taken long if that's all the problem was.
Then the battery backup. The batteries were fine, and spare batteries were airlifted in and ready to swap. But nothing worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First it was one reactor which started overheating, then another and then another and in the end ALL six reactor buildings reported the exact same problem - the cooling pumps were broken. Now what happened at Fukushima daini? The plant is 12 kms down the road from Dai-ichi - which blew. Well at Dai-ni they also had a problem. Do you know what it was? Yes! That's right! The cooling systems failed.
Originally posted by Danbones
my source for the title claim?
when googling i found a lot of sources
which for a person actually looking for the truth would find easily
I'm going to discount all posts who wouldn't even take that basic step
why waste my time?
Originally posted by Danbones
I have put it up
with a decent start for anyone who wants to unravel it.