Nuclear Plant hit by Virus

If it can happen to a nuclear plant, then to can happen to your business.

This week, the BBC revealed that computer viruses have infected PCs used at a German nuclear power plant. The viruses were found on office computers and in a system used to model the movement of nuclear fuel rods.

Luckily, the Power firm in question RWE said the infection posed no threat to the plant because its control systems were not linked to the internet, so the viruses could not activate. The viruses were found on the fuel rod modelling system and on 18 USB sticks used as removable data stores on office computers. Staff found the viruses as they prepared to upgrade the computerised control systems for the plant’s Block B, which is currently not producing power while it undergoes scheduled maintenance.

More than 1,000 computers have now been checked for infection and cleaned up, an RWE spokesman told newspaper Die Zeit. The plant has also improved its security controls.

German federal cyber investigators are now analysing how the Gundremmingen plant became infected.

What does this tell us about internet security?

Well first and foremost, it reminds us that nobody is safe from online viruses. We’ve previously brought you stories of local councils, world famous banks and now nuclear plants that have become vulnerable to threats online and have relied on online security to keep them safe. Surely, if these industry leading giants are susceptible then so is your little business?

That’s why it is so incredibly important to have backup procedures and security option in place to protect you from such threats. Just because you’re not HSBC, does’t means you have less to lose. Your business is just as important and should be kept safe. Invest in a solid security and antivirus system so that if the time comes when you’re hot with a virus, you’re lucky like RWE and damage is kept to a minimum.