Blaster / Power Outage Follow up

From: Geoff Shively (gshively_at_pivx.com)
Date: 09/04/03

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    As suggested the day of the blackout, SCADA / DCS security was
    a primary factor in the blackouts.

     --MSBlast's Effect on the Blackout
    (29 August 2003)
    The MSBlast worm apparently slowed some communications lines that
    connect data centers used to manage the power grid, abetting the
    "cascading effect" of the blackout that hit the north-east, mid-west
    and parts of Canada last month. The worm didn't harm the systems, but
    did slow down the speed at which networks communicated. A Bush
    administration advisor said that the worm also "hampered efforts to ...
    restore power in a timely manner."
    http://www.computerworld.com/printthis/2003/0,4814,84510,00.html

    Correct after all, this is the second admission of blaster
    affecting the power systems, one from the Bush administration and one
    from First Energy.

    Cheers,

    Geoff Shively, CHO
    PivX Solutions, LLC

    http://www.pivx.com


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