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    India Dismisses Rumour of Cyber Attack on Tamil Nadu Nuclear Facility as 'Impossible'

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Social media was filled with speculation of a cyber-attack being launched on the nuclear plant's systems, with some netizens mentioning a spy virus infection.

    The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday denied being the victim of a cyber-attack after Twitter was abuzz with speculation of a spy virus having infected its systems.

    Located off the Bay of Bengal in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu state, the power plant is the single largest nuclear power station in India.

    The KKNPP is scheduled to have six VVER-1000 water energy reactors built through a joint venture between Russia’s Atomstroyexport and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). Once all six nuclear plants are built, they will generate 6,000 megawatts of electricity.

    With rumours floating on social media, a Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project spokesperson had to issue a statement saying that the plant’s control system is stand alone and not connected to any cyber network or the Internet outside its periphery.

    "Any cyber attack on the nuclear power plant control system is not possible", the spokesperson added in the statement.

    Several people, including Indian politician Shashi Tharoor, took to social media earlier in the day to voice their concerns over the alleged mishap.

    ​R. Ramdoss, training superintendent and information officer at the power plant, said: "Presently, KKNPP Unit-1 & 2 are operating at 1000 MWe and 600 MWe respectively without any operational or safety concerns".

    The clarification came after speculative posts emerged that the power plant was the target of a variant of a virus known as DTrack RAT.

    According to the Russian anti-virus and cyber security company Kaspersky, DTrack is a variant of a malware known as AMDTrack that is able to download files to infected systems, record key strokes, and conduct other actions similar to remote controlling the infected systems.

    The cyber security firm said its list of functions define it as a "spy tool".

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