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Monju Nuclear Plant of Japan Detected with PC-Virus Infection

A computer system, which was in operation at Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, Japan's Monju reactor plant, of late, became contaminated with virus; disclose officials as per news from JAPANTODAY dated January 7, 2014.

The virus came into notice only on January 2, 2014, says the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) that runs the prototype fast-breeder reactor plant, when employees were using the infected PC to document records for the company.

It is understood that the PC started exchanging messages with an external website of suspicious nature. That website, which seemingly sent requests, was situated in South Korea.

Albeit there were several company e-mails of sensitive kind, training logs and employee spreadsheets inside the PC, officials believed that no security-compromising data fell into the hands of unscrupulous people.

It's felt that the PC contracted the virus at the time certain movie playback software tried doing one routine software update.

Currently therefore, Japan Atomic Energy Agency is investigating the undesirable happening, in particular, the way the contamination happened as well as confirming possible intrusion into any data-files and folders that the PC contained.

Japan Atomic Energy Agency itself was amidst various scandals and problems in connection with Monju such as regulators had found non-performance of routine safety checks of 14,000 or more equipment pieces.

Back during November 2012, one PC installed at Japan Atomic Energy Agency's main office in Tokaimura of Ibaraki Prefecture too became contaminated with certain PC-virus.

A year later during May 2013, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Japan strictly asked JAEA not to restart the Monju nuclear facility because according to the Authority, the facility's security operations had considerably come down.

What's more worrying is that it isn't just Japan Atomic Energy Agency among several other atomic energy setups which became infected with virus during the recent months. The globally operative organization IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), which pursues countries to use their nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, acknowledged that malware had contaminated a few of its PCs over some months, if not more, however, dismissed hypes of any compromise of its secret credentials related to nuclear inspections by the Agency.

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