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8/19/2014
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Compromised 3 Times In Past 3 Years

Unnamed actors try to swipe privileged credentials.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been compromised three times in the past three years via email-based attacks, according to internal NRC documents obtained by Nextgov.

The NRC houses data about the locations, conditions, and inventories of nuclear plants across the globe.

Two of the breaches were tracked back to sources outside the US, who used spearphishing messages to coax NRC employees to part with their login credentials or to download malware stored on a Microsoft SkyDrive site. The countries from which the attacks originated were not named in the report.

In a third breach, an attacker took hold of an NRC employee's email account and used it to email malicious PDFs to 16 other employees. Investigators subpoenaed the ISP for records that might help them track the attacker, but the log files for the date in question had been destroyed.

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio

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Bprince
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Bprince,
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8/26/2014 | 9:12:36 PM
Spear phishing...
seems to be the start of virtually every successful APT-style attack. Question - what does everyone think needs to improved from a policy and employee training standpoint to raise the level of difficulty for attackers?

BP
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securityaffairs,
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8/21/2014 | 1:30:30 PM
Re: immunity to coaxing
I consider this attacks very serious due to the information stored in the hacked systems. The exposure of such information is a serious threat to the Homeland security.

 
Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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8/20/2014 | 12:20:55 AM
Hacking
"Two of the breaches were tracked back to sources outside the US, who used spearphishing messages to coax NRC employees to part with their login credentials or to download malware stored on a Microsoft SkyDrive site. The countries from which the attacks originated were not named in the report."

Sara, so outsiders are also interested in hacking Americas servers.
threedo
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threedo,
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8/19/2014 | 8:24:50 PM
skydrive is called onedrive
SkyDrive is now called OneDrive. Granted, it was called SkyDrive during the time of this incident. JFYI.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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8/19/2014 | 3:34:34 PM
immunity to coaxing
coax NRC employees to part with their login credentials or to download malware

You would think an NRC employee would be able to spot this and see it for what it is. Or have advanced hackers gotten that good?
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