Maduro admits failure: ‘No more whining . . . We need to make Venezuela’ (great again)

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During a speech in which the power went out while he was on live television, Venezuela’s socialist president admitted his economic model has “failed.”

“The production models we’ve tried so far have failed and the responsibility is ours, mine and yours,” President Nicolas Maduro told his ruling PSUV party congress on July 30. Continue reading

Total Chaos: Cyber Attack Fears As MULTIPLE CITIES HIT With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures: Shockwave Of Delays In San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York

The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages.

Power companies in all three regions have yet to elaborate on the cause, though a fire at a substation was the original reason given by San Francisco officials. Continue reading

Cyberattack could knock out huge swath of US electric grid, lawmakers say

An attack on the U.S. electrical grid, be it cyberwarfare or an EMP attack, will leave America in the dark for years, not months. Upwards of nine out of ten Americans would perish within a year. Without electricity America can’t even produce its own components needed to put things back online. The the components needed would therefore need to be sourced from either Germany, or, China who’s the one conducting the cyber attacks on America. However, it is a good sign that a pocket full of politicians are waking up.

 

Government officials think the US is unprepared for an attack that could affect power for weeks

The U.S. government is not prepared for a cyberattack on the electrical grid that takes out power over a large area for weeks, or even months.

With some experts worried that a coordinated cyberattack could lead to widespread power outages lasting for several months, the federal government should offer more help to state and local governments planning to deal with the aftermath, Barletta said during a hearing before a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Transformation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Hackers Turn Ukrainian Infrastructure into ‘Powder Keg’

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UPDATE 3: U.S. probes cyber attack on water system

 

Several attacks have already taken place against regional power plants in Ukraine, resulting in several short-term blackouts in December 2015. It was the first recorded case of power outages being caused by cyber attacks and originated from a type of malware known as BlackEnergy.

It is not clear who was behind the attacks but a military spokesperson stated last week that they were originating from Russia. Another type of malware has since been discovered by investigators looking into the December cyber attacks, although researchers say it is impossible to know how many systems are currently at risk. Continue reading