Sellafield denies reports of attack by hackers as it demands evidence from news outlet

Sellafield has asked the Guardian of evidence of their findings. Credit: PA

Sellafield has hit back at claims from the Guardian that it was hacked by groups linked to Russia and China.

The Guardian had reported that the nuclear site had been hacked and that malware still may have been present.

The news outlet also reported that there had been a "cover up" by staff at the West Cumbria site.

A statement from Sellafield Ltd said: "We have no records or evidence to suggest that Sellafield Ltd networks have been successfully attacked by state-actors in the way described by the Guardian.

“Our monitoring systems are robust and we have a high degree of confidence that no such malware exists on our system.

“This was confirmed to the Guardian well in advance of publication, along with rebuttals to a number of other inaccuracies in their reporting.

“We have asked the Guardian to provide evidence related to this alleged attack so we can investigate. They have failed to provide this.

“We take cyber security extremely seriously at Sellafield.

“All of our systems and servers have multiple layers of protection.

“Critical networks that enable us to operate safely are isolated from our general IT network, meaning an attack on our IT system would not penetrate these.”

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