Cyber Attacks On Power Grids Underway

Source: DW

Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay suffer massive power blackout

June 16, 2019

A massive power grid failure left all of Argentina and parts of Uruguay and Paraguay without electricity, affecting around 50 million people. Power was restored to a third of Argentina by the afternoon.

A problem in the energy network left Argentina cut off from power at 7:06 a.m. local time (10:06 UTC). By mid-afternoon nearly half of Argentina’s 44 million people were still in the dark.

The outage also affected supplies to neighboring Uruguay and Paraguay. 

Edesur, a major provider to the two nations, confirmed the outage in a tweet.

“A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power,” said Edesur. Company spokeswoman Alejandra Martinez described the power outage as historic, saying “nothing like this has ever happened.”

The Argentine company’s “normalization process,” which was launched shortly after the blackout, has been ongoing for several hours, but as of 3:30 p.m. local time (18:30 UTC) only 56% of the nation’s grid was back up and running.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the outage, but initial assessments suggest a “flaw” in the system. An independent energy expert in Argentina said the power grid’s collapse was related to systemic operational and design errors.

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Source: Fort Russ

Intelligence services intensify cyber attacks against Russian power grids

by Paul Antonopoulos | Jun 16, 2019

MOSCOW – US intelligence is intensifying hacking attacks on Russian power grids. That’s what the New York Times publication says, quoting a government source.

Washington has been trying to infiltrate programs that can gather information about Russian electricity networks and, allegedly, insert systems that are aggressive.

The source’s supposition is that this indicates that the actions are a kind of alert and are part of a cyber-attack plan if relations between Moscow and Washington become completely hostile.

Yet it is impossible to assess to what extent the US has managed to infiltrate Russian energy systems and to what extent it is able to “black out” the whole country or paralyze its armed forces.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s military posture, based on the post-Cold War dominance, will not work against the new strategies of Russia and China and has to be updated as urgently as possible. Otherwise, the US risks losing the war against another power, warns a recent report.

“For the first time in decades, it is possible to imagine the United States fighting—and possibly losing—a large-scale war with a great power. For generations of Americans accustomed to US military superiority and its ability to deter major wars, the idea of armed conflict between great powers may seem highly improbable. The idea that the United States—with the most expensive armed forces in the world by a wide margin—might lose such a war would seem absolutely preposterous. Nevertheless, the possibility of war and U.S. defeat are real and growing,” a Center for a New American Security report said.

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