Fairewinds: We were under ‘fragmentation attack’ (AUDIO)

Published: February 4th, 2013 at 10:25 am ET


Title: Nuke Industry Double Standards?
Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Date: Feb. 3, 2013

At 1:45 in

Kevin Hurley, Fairewinds’ Media Developer: From what I understand we were attacked by something called a ‘fragmentation attack’ where rather than a computer opening a full connection with our web server, it sends malformed data and overloads the part of the server that sets up the connections. So, unfortunately we don’t have much information about where the attack came from or who might be behind it. […]

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Published: February 4th, 2013 at 10:25 am ET


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7 comments to Fairewinds: We were under ‘fragmentation attack’ (AUDIO)

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    I would put groups like IAEA, DOE, and pretty much any company that puts out the poison spewing reactors that are put up all over the world. They may not be executing the DOS attack themselves but I wouldn't be surprised to find a hidden money trail.

    I think with the Gundersen reports lately it's been putting pressure on the right people and they don't like it.

  • I liked his story about his first lesson in 'Nuke Speak'.

    'Serious saltwater leak' becomes 'saltwater intrusion'.

    Now multiply that times a million other 'Nuke Speak' lies.
    They've had decades to write the book. ;|

  • patb2009

    in any complicated and dangerous field, the euphemisms come fast and furious.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Regardless of anything, reactors melt and do irreversible damage. Radiation from the meltdowns is in our water, crops, livestock, (around the globe) and in our bodies. Reactors will be outlawed, and it needs to happen soon.

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    You know, there are pros and cons to all energy collection systems but it's only with Nuclear Power that the cons far outweigh the pros, yet humans still are trying to use it. The only thing that I can think of as a reason is the old 1950s and 60s thinking that the world would be better through the advancement of science. I can understand (although not agree with) the cost angle when it comes to the currently running NPPs. But the cost of creating new NPPs far outweighs any long term financial benefit.

  • Wreedles Wreedles

    Arnie, please be careful.

    Fragmentation attacks can be used as DoS (Denial of Service) attacks.

    They can also be used to overwhelm your intrusion detection systems, allowing the attackers to get behind your firewall.


  • dosdos dosdos

    Fragmentation attacks are generally more effective than the usual straight flood attacks because the incomplete packets (fragments) leave the processor waiting for the rest of the packet to arrive, rather than receiving the packet and moving on to the next packet. This stops the process of logging the source of the packets, since it requires a timeout to reset the receiving process.

    You wouldn't find someone in the nuke biz knowing how to pull off something like this because of risk factor. So it was either someone who was secretly paid to do it, a relative of a SCE stockholder protecting their gravy train, or a sympathetic rogue who just happens to like nukes.