BY MAIRE O’NEILL
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) responded Thursday afternoon to a request for comment on the reports in the Daily Mail that “Russian hackers got into the nuclear weapons stockpile’s computer network and breached Los Alamos National Laboratory’s defenses”.
Ana Gamonal de Navarra, director of the NNSA Office of Public Affairs in Washington, DC responded that the NNSA is responding to a cyber incident related to the Solar Winds compromise in coordination with its federal and industry partners.
“The investigation is ongoing and the response to this incident is happening in real time. At this point, the investigation has found that the malware has been isolated to business networks only, and has not impacted the mission essential national security functions of the Department, including the National Nuclear Security Administration . When DOE identified vulnerable software, immediate action was taken to mitigate the risk, and all software identified as being vulnerable to this attack was disconnected from the DOE network,” she said.
No response related specifically to LANL has yet been received. The Los Alamos Reporter will continue to follow this story as it unfolds.