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I don't understand why people think that nuclear power plants...and power plants of any and all type are so vulnerable to cyber attacks.

First, if we go back a few decades when most of these plants were built there was no Internet (as we know it today) and the plants were built and operated just fine.

Second, if we go back to 1998-1999 "experts" warned us about the y2k bug and how all of the power plants connected to the grid were overly dependent on computers and everything was going to shutdown as the clock ticked midnight, etc. Nothing happened. Either there was no (nonsensical) logic that compared MW being produced with the wall clock...or all the date logic was OK.

I've always wondered why it is that people assume that because there is a computer that is controlling something in a power plant...that the same computer is sitting there with operators doing Google searches and the like and vulnerable to random cyber attacks.

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