In wake of hacker threat to South Korean nuke plants, 3 plant workers die in mysterious gas leak

In wake of hacker threat to South Korean nuke plants, 3 plant workers die in mysterious gas leak

[Ed. – No demonstrated connection to the hacker threat, but darned peculiar.]

South Korea’s government-run hydroelectric and nuclear power company was threatened by an enigmatic group of hackers last week, at the same time the North Korean government was threatening to attack the United States and its allies for daring to suggest that Kim Jong Un’s regime might be behind the attack on Sony Pictures. …

The mysterious attackers stole and published blueprints of South Korean nuclear reactors and personal data on plant employees, along with some ominous technical data related to accidental radiation exposure, and suggested something bad would happen if at least three of the country’s 23 reactors were not shut down by Christmas Day.  As the UK Independent reported, anti-nuke radicals in Hawaii claimed responsibility for the data leak, but their culpability was not firmly established. …

Today brings word that a fatal accident has occurred at the site of a nuclear plant under construction in the southeastern city of Ulsan.  According to a report by International Business TimesKHNPC does not officially believe the incident is linked to the hacker attack from earlier this week, but the circumstances surrounding the death of three plant workers remain murky.  Apparently some form of toxic gas was accidentally released and inhaled by the three workers, who passed out and were transported to a nearby hospital, where efforts to revive them proved unsuccessful. …

For the moment, all evidence is speculative and circumstantial.  This could have just been a terrible accident, coincidentally occurring after threats leveled against the South Korean nuclear power industry by hackers who may have been freelance environmental extremists.

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