Oak Ridge Suffers Cyber Attack

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory hopes to restore limited email on Tuesday after a cyber attack over the weekend.

Laboratory Director Thom Mason says officials shut down electronic access to the lab Friday night after a highly sophisticated cyber attack, known as Advanced Persistent Threat, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel. Closing access ensured that no data was extracted from ORNL computers.

Mason says the attack was similar to recent intrusions on Google and other government institutions and businesses.

It got into Oak Ridge’s system through a phishing email designed to look like it was sent from the lab’s human resources department.

There is not yet a patch issued that wards off this virus.