INCIDENT: Attempted Cyberattacks at Nuclear Research Laboratories in US in Summer ’22.

A Russian hacking team known as Cold River targeted three nuclear research laboratories in the United States this past summer, according to internet records reviewed by Reuters and five cyber security experts.
Between August and September Cold River targeted the Brookhaven (BNL), Argonne (ANL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL), according to internet records that showed the hackers creating fake login pages for each institution and emailing nuclear scientists in a bid to make them reveal their passwords.

Reuters was unable to determine why the labs were targeted or if any attempted intrusion was successful. A BNL spokesperson declined to comment. LLNL did not respond to a request for comment. An ANL spokesperson referred questions to the U.S. Department of Energy, which declined to comment.

Incident Date

June 21, 2022

Location

United States

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.

References:

  • Report: Brookhaven National Laboratory victim of attempted Russian cyberattack
  • Exclusive: Russian hackers targeted U.S. nuclear scientists

Impacts

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