Officials Tuesday denied reports of a cyber attack at Russia-supported Nuclear Power Plant in Kudankulam, clarifying that the power station is not connected to any outside cyber network.
According to P Ramadoss, the Training Superintendent and Information officer of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNP), the single largest power station in the country is not connected to any outside cyber network and hence the attack is not possible. “Some false information is being propagated on the social media platform, electronic and print media with reference to cyber attack on Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. This is to clarify Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant(KNPP) and other Indian Power Plant Control Systems are stand alone and not connected to outside cyber network and internet. Any cyber attack on the Nuclear Power Plant Control System is not possible,” the statement reads.
The issue gathered attention when a cyber-intelligence specialist who had worked with the Indian government shared a tweet on October 28.
Following his tweet, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor demanded an explanation from the government. “This seems very serious. If a hostile power is able to conduct a cyber attack on our nuclear facilities, the implications for India’s national security are unimaginable. The Government owes us an explanation,” he tweeted.
This seems very serious. If a hostile power is able to conduct a cyber attack on our nuclear facilities, the implications for India's national security are unimaginable. The Government owes us an explanation. https://t.co/5NokFcQFWs
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 29, 2019
Kudankulam officials have confirmed that KKNPP Unit-1 & 2 are operating at 1000 MWe and 600 MWe respectively without any operational or safety concerns.