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2003 blackout in OH, MI, NY and Ontario was work of Chinese hackers

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posted on May, 29 2008 @ 10:20 PM
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2003 blackout in OH, MI, NY and Ontario was work of Chinese hackers


www.govexec.com

im Bennett, the former president of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, a leading trade group, said that U.S. intelligence officials have told him that the PLA in 2003 gained access to a network that controlled electric power systems serving the northeastern United States. The intelligence officials said that forensic analysis had confirmed the source, Bennett said. "They said that, with confidence, it had been traced back to the PLA." These officials believe that the intrusion may have precipitated the largest blackout in North American history,
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posted on May, 29 2008 @ 10:20 PM
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This is the first I've heard of Chinese hackers being linked and precipitating the huge electrical blackout in Michigan, Ohio, New York and Ontario Canada back in August 2003.

Not only that, but the PLA are apparently responsible for a blackout in Floridia.

This is serious (&^-! If the hacker underworld is passing this information around it is bound to get into the hands of evildoers, if it hasn't already.


www.govexec.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on May, 29 2008 @ 10:24 PM
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Nobody has actually confirmed this.


There has never been an official U.S. government assertion of Chinese involvement in the outage, but intelligence and other government officials contacted for this story did not explicitly rule out a Chinese role. One security analyst in the private sector with close ties to the intelligence community said that some senior intelligence officials believe that China played a role in the 2003 blackout that is still not fully understood.


So honestly they don't really know, but are leaning towards the Chinese. But why, I mean why would they implicate the Chinese. Is something in the works?



posted on May, 29 2008 @ 10:33 PM
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No, it's a load of BS.

Ontario Hydro was providing the majority of the power to the grid. The grid was overloaded on the American side due to a rather dramatic increase of power used in AC units. (It was a rather interesting day weather wise as well.)

The US side had faulty breakers used in their grid, I know this because it was actually in our news. Ontario Hydro had requested the American Eastern Seaboard's electrical grid be updated to account for the new strain. They didn't listen.

The American grid was out-dated and in serious need of an overhaul. There's no way it could have been linked to any kind of network, the switches that failed to do their job quickly enough to contain the blackout were far too old to be networked.


One by one, the grids all failed... the switches failed to contain it, and by the time the blackout got all the way north of the Canadian border, there was little our switches could do other than to just shut everything off to save anything from getting seriously damaged.


It was too late to save themselves from embarrassment... but in the end, the American side finally did upgrade their grid... with equipment Ontario Hydro was all too happy to sell them. lol.



posted on May, 29 2008 @ 10:36 PM
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Honestly the thread title should be changed, the official title is:

Chinese hackers pose serious danger to U.S. computer networks

People who look at the title will believe just that, when it is not the case.



posted on May, 29 2008 @ 10:40 PM
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Did you bother to read the entire news article. The CIA has admitted to hacker intrusion in US utilities.

The title of the thread reflects the whistleblower' s feelings.



posted on May, 29 2008 @ 10:46 PM
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I have read the entire article. But, it does not say the Chinese caused that particular blackout, that's what I am saying.



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