nuclear power plants around the world

ISIS fighters and a nuclear power plantIG/GETTY

ISIS hackers could target nuclear power plants, the UN has warned

10-10-16         The UN’s nuclear watchdog warned that Islamist hackers will increasingly target what they see as vulnerable installations as they attempt to wreak maximum carnage on the continent. …Yukiya Amano warned:  “This is not an imaginary risk.  This issue of cyber attacks on nuclear-related facilities or activities should be taken very seriously.  “We never know if we know everything or if it’s the tip of the iceberg.”Concerns about cyber attacks on nuclear sites have grown in recent years after the emergence of computer malware that can be used to attack industrial controls.   http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/719666/Islamic-State-ISIS-target-nuclear-power-plants-Europe-UN

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6-10-16   Brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui had originally planned to strike a nuclear site in Belgium before committing the horrific attack, murdering 32 innocent civilians.    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/678583/ISIS-dirty-bomb-nuclear-strike-europe-Moshe-Kantor-terrorism-nuke?_ga=1.222871391.575472691.1477000899

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Syrian children walk amidst destruction

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Syrian children walk amidst destruction   http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/677103/ISIS-jihadis-use-acid-on-own-men-root-out-spies-US-airstrikes?_ga=1.180731619.575472691.1477000899

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3-30-16    There are now more than 100,000 Muslim students accepted into U.S. colleges and universities every year from the Middle East and North Africa.  Nuclear engineering is one of the fields of study for which F-1 foreign student visa holders can obtain work and extended residency through the Optional Training Program.  None are screened for jihadist loyalties and sympathies.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433425/terrorism-nuclear-power-jihadists-target-american-nuclear-power

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1-15-16     The nuclear power plants around the world are living in a state of denial about the risks of possible cyber attacks.  These highly sensitive facilities have failed to install the necessary security measures to protect their computer networks.  Apart from this, 20 countries with nuclear fuel stockpile don’t have any government regulations to install some minimum security steps….

In the past, the sophistication of cyber attacks against nuclear power plants have increased.  The hackers have attempted to gain unauthorized access using social engineering, code injection techniques, and other attempts.  It was reported that SOC, the in-charge of security at NRC, does not meet the agency needs and lacks predictive analysis to keep its networks protected….

20 countries scored a disappointing 0 against theft and sabotage.  These countries were Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, North Korea, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, and Uzbekistan.

The Nuclear Threat Initiative publishes this annual index that examines the nuclear security all around the world.  The agency also mentions that in the past few years many countries have improved their security measures but it isn’t enough.  https://fossbytes.com/nuclear-power-plants-are-the-next-big-target-of-hackers-all-over-the-world/

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New US rules target faster design approvals; Wisconsin removes ban on nuclear build

The U.S. Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) has proposed new regulation to streamline the licensing of advanced reactors, the industry group said April 12.  http://analysis.nuclearenergyinsider.com/new-us-rules-target-faster-design-approvals-wisconsin-removes-ban-nuclear-build

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3-31-16

 (Photo: UCSUSA.org)

Pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction.  That’s what nuclear power plants are. And that’s another very big reason­—demonstrated again in recent days with the disclosure that two of the Brussels terrorists were planning attacks on Belgian nuclear plants—­why they must be eliminated.

Nuclear power plants are sitting ducks for terrorists.  With most positioned along bays and rivers because of their need for massive amounts of coolant water, they provide a clear shot.  They are fully exposed for aerial strikes. …

Further, says UCS, testing is “currently required only for operating reactors, leaving questions about the adequacy of protection against attacks on reactors that have shut down, but still contain radioactive materials that could harm the public if damaged.”

A pioneer in addressing how nuclear power plants are pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction has been Dr. Bennett Ramberg.  As he wrote in his 1980 landmark book, Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons for the Enemy: An Unrecognized Military Peril, despite the “multiplication of nuclear power plants, little public consideration has been given to their vulnerability in time of war.”

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/03/31/nuclear-power-plants-are-pre-deployed-weapons-mass-destruction

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Floating nuclear power plants:  China is far from first, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Dawn Stover , 2 June 2016          On April 22, the state-owned Chinese newspaper Global Times reported that China plans to build as many as 20 floating nuclear power plants, the first of which could be producing power in just a few years.  The story made a splash because the power from the floating reactors would most likely be used to accelerate construction of oil rigs and artificial islands in the South China Sea—already a source of border disputes and escalating tension between China and its neighbors.https://nuclear-news.net/2016/06/03/chinas-plans-for-floating-nuclear-power-plants-major-risks-good-terrorism-targets/

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4-29-16      Iran is offering to help the global community construct nuclear power plants, according to a top official, who said that Iran would be home to seven new nuclear plants by 2020, according to recent remarks.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, announced on Friday that Iran has the technology and know-how to help the world’s advanced nations construct nuclear power plants.   http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-build-seven-new-nuke-plants-2020/

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8-1-2016      China continues to sell nuclear reactors to Pakistan, a US think-tank has said, expressing concern over export of nuclear materials in violation of international norms and established procedures.

“China has taken significant steps over the past several years to strengthen its export controls.  However, Beijing’s decision to continue selling nuclear reactors to Pakistan in contravention of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and its sales of missile technologies to countries of concern earns China a failing grade,” Washington-based Arms Control Association said in its latest report.

In its updates report card 2013-2016 ‘Assessing Progress on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament’, it gives China a failing “F Grade” on nuclear weapons related export control. China joined the NSG in 2004, and its national export controls include provisions related to export licensing, control lists, end-user controls, and import controls.

At the IAEA General Conference in 2015, China said it carries out “stringent reviews” on its export controls and adjusts its trigger lists according to technical progress and in March 2016, Beijing said it started to implement the Nuclear Export Control List that was updated in January 2016.

“Despite progress on its export controls China continues to supply Pakistan with nuclear power reactors, despite objections that the sale of the reactors did not receive a consensus exemption from the NSG,” the report said.   http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/china-continues-to-sell-nuclear-reactors-to-pakistan-says-reports-2948460/

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