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6/17/2019
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Power Outage Hits Millions in South America

The outage, which is not (so far) seen as the result of a cyberattack, still had a significant impact on network and server availability.

Hot on the heels of news that the Xenotime syndicate is probing electrical grids in North America and Asia, the lights went out in South America. While officials in Argentina have said that a cyberattack is not one of the primary possibilities under investigation, the coincidence has many people questioning the security of critical infrastructure components.

On Sunday, an estimated 44 million people lost power across Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, with more limited losses in Chile and Brazil. The outage, described by officials as "unprecedented," had an impact on traffic signals, water supplies, train and subway services, and other public service and safety operations.

The outage, which began in the interconnection system at the Yacyreta Dam, had a significant cybersecurity impact on one-third of the "CIA triad" — confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.

By Sunday night, power had begun to be restored across the impacted area.

For more, read here and here.

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7/27/2019 | 1:47:37 AM
Headed for disaster
It is scary to think about just how reliant we are on power to do things these days. I reckon the whole world would die if our technology starts crashing one by one. A power outage like that would cause so many ripples in the industry and country just because people were unable to function! And I don't think that our dependency is going to improve very much in the future either.. We've got a lot to learn about being sustainable if you ask me...
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7/22/2019 | 1:05:15 AM
Be better prepared
Those that feel a great impact due to the power outage ought to be more prepared for future unforeseen circumstances. They can have a backup generator especially businesses that need to run around the clock or households with medical aids that run on power. Things could turn ugly should they experience yet another unexpected situation again. Take this incident as a lesson to be better at preventing an unnecessary situation.
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