NDR: Hackers capture data on nuclear facilities in France


According to a report by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), hackers have captured documents on nuclear plants, prisons and tram networks from a French construction company.

The Ingerop Group had confirmed the attack on request, reported the NDR. The company is headquartered near Paris and involved in major construction projects worldwide. At first it did not react to a demand; Thursday was a holiday in France.

The record copied by the hackers, which is available to the NDR and evaluated by NDR reporters together with the “Suddeutsche Zeitung” and “Le Monde”, covers more than 65 gigabytes. These included plans to locate video cameras to be used in a French high-security prison, documents relating to a planned nuclear waste repository in northeastern France, and personal information on more than 1,200 Ingerop employees. Some in-house emails are also part of the data leak.

In all, there were more than 11,000 files, according to NDR data from a dozen projects in which the company works. These include mainly construction projects in France, but also projects in Spain and South America, reported the NDR, citing a spokeswoman for Ingerop. The company claims to have informed the affected customers about the data theft and set up unspecified security measures.

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