UK and USA plan to test resilience of nuclear plants to cyber attacks

Britain and USA will combine forces to stage a planned cyber attack on a nuclear power plant to test the resilience of the government and utility businesses.

David Cameron will shortly be flying to Washington to attend a nuclear security summit with Barack Obama and they plan to cooperate on exploring the resilience of nuclear infrastructure particularly to a terrorist attack.

The government was quick to add that this planned strategy was not a reaction to any credible intelligence of a threat of an attack but a planned action to test the ability of these systems and ensure any lessons are learnt now.

On another note Cameron is also set to announce an exchange deal with the USA to skip 700kg of nuclear waste (most from Dounreay) to be processed in USA. In return, the US will send supplies of a different type of uranium to Euratom, the European nuclear agency, to be turned into medical isotopes, that can then be used in diagnosing and treating cancer across Europe.

Government sources described the swap as a “landmark deal,” adding: “it’s a win-win: we get rid of waste, and we get back something that helps us to fight cancer”.

They said by working together in this way, Washington, London and Brussels hope to set an example to other states of the innovative measures that may need to be taken to deal with nuclear waste products in future.

“It’s an opportunity for the UK, the US and Europe who show how countries can work together to deal with nuclear waste. It’s an opportunity for us to show some leadership to the rest of the world”, the source said.

The nuclear security summit, the fourth and final one held during Obama’s presidency, is aimed at enhancing the safety of domestic nuclear systems — something the US president first discussed in a speech in Prague in 2009, and which he sees as part of his legacy.

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