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Old 04-30-2016, 06:29 AM   #1
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Virus in the computer of a German nuclear power plant

Viruses have been discovered in the computer system of a German nuclear power station but they would present no risk to the activities of the RWE website semlon operator.

The viruses, which include "W32.Ramnit" and "Conficker", were detected in a computer system of reactor B of the plant Gundremmingen located between Stuttgart and Munich.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) : virus have been discovered in the computer system of a German nuclear power station but they would present no risk to site activities, ensures the operator RWE.

The viruses, which include "W32.Ramnit" and "Conficker", were detected in a computer system of reactor B of the plant Gundremmingen, located about 120 kilometers north-west of Munich, said RWE explains why the system is isolated from the internet and that the virus is not likely to impede the smooth running of the site.

Malware was also discovered on 18 removable hard disks, USB sticks mainly in the administrative part of the site, isolated from plant systems.

W32.Ramnit was designed to steal data from infected computers and is designed for Microsoft software, says Symantec, a spe******t in computer security.

Discovered in 2010, it spreads thanks to removable drives and it is supposed to give the user a remote control of the system if it is connected to the internet.

Conficker has infected his side millions of PCs since 2008, year in which it was discovered. It is able to spread through the network by duplicating on removable disks, according to Symantec.

RWE informed the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), which is investigating the incident.

In 2013 a computer virus had been found on a turbine control system in a US power plant, causing a shutdown of the site for three weeks.

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