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Hackers obtain nuclear plant plans

Timothy Jones
November 2, 2018

Hackers have accessed confidential documents about nuclear plants and prisons in a cyberattack on a French firm, media reported. Some of the data was found on a rented server in Germany, according to the reports.

Fessenheim nuclear plant
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/V. Kuhn

Thousands of sensitive documents pertaining to nuclear power plants, prisons and tram networks have been stolen from the servers of a French company in a cyberattack, German and French media have reported Friday.

The data illegally accessed from the French company Ingerop back in June amounted to more than 65 gigabytes, according to reports by German public broadcaster NDR, the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and French newspaper Le Monde.

A spokeswoman from Ingerop quoted by NDR said more than 11,000 files from a dozen projects were obtained. They were said to include plans showing the planned locations of video cameras for a French high-security prison, documents about a planned nuclear-waste dump in northeastern France and personal information on more than a thousand Ingerop workers.

Some of the documents were connected with the Fessenheim nuclear plant (top photo) on the border to Germany, reports said.

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Ingerop said not all the plans had been realized. It also said it had informed the affected customers and put unspecified security measures in place.

Investigators found some of the Ingerop data on a rented server in the western German city of Dortmund, according to the reports.

The company has been the target of criticism by both French and German anti-nuclear activists in the past few months for its involvement in planning an underground nuclear-waste dumping site in Lorraine scheduled to be built in the next few years. If built, the dump would be just 125 kilometers (78 miles) from the German border.

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