Cyber Insecurity in the Nuclear Sector

Stuxnet, the computer worm that was unleashed on Iran's nuclear program in 2009-2010, was just the beginning of a new front in computer warfare that exploits the vulnerabilities of nuclear facilities.

In the years since Stuxnet, nuclear plants in France and South Korea, among other countries, have been hit with cyberattacks, often with little explanation from authorities. As these digital threats evolve and multiply, the public is owed a clear account of how governments and nuclear operators are responding.

Journalist Sean Lyngaas reports from Vienna, Austria, and other locations in Europe, where the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog is working to help member countries shore up their digital defenses, and where computer researchers are hunting for the next Stuxnet.

Meet the Journalist: Sean Lyngaas

Journalist Sean Lyngaas discusses the challenges of reporting on a sensitive and complex subject such as nuclear cybersecurity. He also highlights techniques for bringing the subject to life.