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    Nuclear Computers Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks: Watchdog Says
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    The U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the NRC headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, U.S., on Monday, March 21, 2011.

    The nation's unclassified nuclear computer systems are vulnerable to successful cyber attacks because "generic" security contracts don't make it clear who's responsible for keeping an eye on them, federal watchdogs said Tuesday, NBC News reported.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's cybersecurity center isn't "optimized to protect the agency's network in the current cyber threat environment," the NRC's inspector general office's said. The NRC's classified systems are separate and weren't addressed in the inspector general's report.

    The finding comes at a time when the number of reported "computer security incidents" at the NRC is rising at almost twice the rate of the federal government as a whole, it said.

    The NRC had no comment. The inspector general said agency officials had stated their "general agreement" with its findings and recommendations, the results of an investigation that was conducted from July to November.