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[ISN] U.S. Nukes Face Up to 10 Million Cyber Attacks Daily
By Jason Koebler
US News and World Report
March 20, 2012
The computer systems of the agency in charge of America's nuclear
weapons stockpile are "under constant attack" and face millions of
hacking attempts daily, according to officials at the National Nuclear
Thomas D'Agostino, head of the agency, says the agency faces cyber
attacks from a "full spectrum" of hackers.
"They're from other countries' [governments], but we also get fairly
sophisticated non-state actors as well," he said. "The [nuclear] labs
are under constant attack, the Department of Energy is under constant
A spokesman for the agency says the Nuclear Security Enterprise
experiences up to 10 million "security significant cyber security
events" each day.
"Of the security significant events, less than one hundredth of a
percent can be categorized as successful attacks against the Nuclear
Security Enterprise computing infrastructure," the spokesman saidâwhich
puts the maximum number at about 1,000 daily.
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