Security Breach Exposes Sensitive Nuclear Site Info

Kara Reeder

An inadvertent security breach resulted in sensitive details about hundreds of civilian nuclear sites across the country being posted online.


The Washington Post reports that a draft declaration of U.S. nuclear facilities to the International Atomic Energy Agency was available for about a day on a Government Printing Office Web site. The document included the locations of facilities that store enriched uranium, as well as interior design features of nuclear facilities.


The incident is deemed more embarrassing that harmful, as the information was unclassified and most of it is publicly available through other sources. Still, says David Albright, a former U.N. nuclear inspector,

"You don't want this information out there, any more than you would want a thief to know the location of a vault in your house."

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