The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a Russian government hacking operation did not compromise operations at any of the nation's commercial nuclear power plants.
The commission says in a statement that corporate networks at some of the 99 plants licensed by the NRC were affected by the 2017 hack aimed at the US energy grid and other infrastructure, but no safety, security or emergency preparedness functions were affected.
US nuclear plants are designed as operational "islands" that are not connected to the internet and other networks. Nuclear power provides about 20 percent of the nation's electricity.
The Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry lobbying group, said the Russian hacking campaign targeting US infrastructure "demonstrated that America's nuclear plants can withstand a nation-state sponsored attack."