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  • Update on the Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

    09/23/2016 6:27:28 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 19 replies (Spanish) ^ | September 23, 2016
    A government press conference about the massive blackout that has left a large part of the Puerto Rican population without service from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) might be held around 8:00 AM at the Emergency Operations Center. Earlier in the morning, Governor Alejandro García Padilla reported that close to 1,079,583 customers have PREPA service already. In addition, the Department of Transportation and Public Works stated that, despite the restoration of service to some parts of the [San Juan] Metropolitan Area, the Urban Train will not resume service immediately. "Rigorous safety tests have to be done," the agency...
  • Lights out in downtown Seattle!!

    05/25/2016 12:27:32 PM PDT · by djf · 35 replies
    5/25/2016 | djf
    Major power outage in downtown Seattle! And it's not even an EMP... ;-)
  • Fourteen Tweets Explain The Washingon, D.C., Power Outage

    04/08/2015 7:19:23 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 11 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 8, 2015 | James Beattie
    A power outage inconvenienced residents in Washington, D.C., and southern Maryland Tuesday.According to The Washington Post, much of the area briefly lost power due to a piece of metal coming apart at a power plant. This outage affected public and private buildings alike, including The White House, the Department of Energy, and the Department of State. Advertisement-content continues below As The Post reports, “a dozen people were trapped in stalled elevators passengers were left searching for exits in darkened underground Metro stations, and a building full of Department Energy employees and the main campus of the University of Maryland closed...

    04/07/2015 2:23:51 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 298 replies ^ | April 07, 2015 | DRUDGE
    Russian hackers who got into the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, U.S. officials say.
  • Basic Supplies for a Winter Snow-Storm Power Outage

    01/26/2015 6:52:03 PM PST · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Modern Survival ^ | 11/4/11 | Ken Jorgustin
    Here are a few of the basic items that you may want on-hand while in ‘survival mode’ during a winter snow-storm power outage situation. These are very minimal considerations, but they at least should provide a small amount of comfort inside your home, and will hopefully get you thinking about other items to have on hand.
  • London airspace closed due to computer failure

    12/12/2014 8:21:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 10:56 AM EST | Gregory Katz
    London’s airspace has been closed due to a computer failure, the European air control agency Eurocontrol said Friday. Officials at London Heathrow Airport said there was a power outage at the NATS control center in Swanwick, England. Heathrow’s statement gave no indication how long the situation was expected to continue. …
  • Venezuela blackout leaves commuters scrambling, silences president

    06/27/2014 3:07:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2014 | BY BRIAN ELLSWORTH AND PATRICIA VELEZ
    A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities as authorities scrambled to restore electricity after the outage, which twice interrupted a presidential broadcast. Pedestrians streamed into the streets of Caracas as the blackout shuttered the underground metro trains and left frustrated drivers honking in the chaos without stoplights. The OPEC nation has suffered an increasing number of power outages in recent years, which critics have attributed to low electricity tariffs and limited state investment following the 2007 nationalization of the power sector. Critics call the power problems a...
  • Ice Storm Leads to Record Number of Power Outages [Where is FEMA with generators and blankets??]

    02/07/2014 5:47:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    NBC ^ | 2/6/14 | By Vince Lattanzio, Dan Stamm and David Chang
    A record-number of people lost their power across the region thanks to a significant ice storm and power officials warn it could be days before everyone has their electricity back. "Based on the current conditions and the damage across the entire region, we believe service for the majority of customers will be restored by Friday night," said PECO spokesman Ben Armstrong. "However customers in more heavily-damaged areas will be without power through Sunday." PECO Energy, the largest power provider in the Philadelphia region, told the storm was the second worst in their history and worst winter storm outage ever with more...
  • Attacks on Arkansas' Electric Grid Leave 10,000 Without Power; 'YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S.'

    10/09/2013 6:39:56 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 96 replies ^ | October 7, 2013 | William Pentland
    More than 10,000 people in Arkansas were dumped into a blackout Sunday following an attack on that state’s electric grid, the FBI said today, the third such attack in recent weeks. In August, a major transmission line in the region, around Cabot, Ark., was deliberately cut. The FBI said that two power poles had been intentionally cut in Lonoke County on Sunday, resulting in the outage. According to the FBI: In the early morning hours of September 29, 2013, officials with Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its Keo substation located on Arkansas Highway 165 between Scott and England in...
  • Woodbridge, Conn. Set To Construct ‘Micro Grid’ For Outage Protection

    07/28/2013 7:05:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    cbsnewyork ^ | Jluy 27, 2013 | Fran Schneidau
    WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — The town of Woodbridge, Conn., is one of several that has received state grants for a “micro grid” to maintain power to crucial utilities in the event of a storm blackout. As WCBS 880’s reported, restoring power often takes time when outages hit Woodbridge. The rural community is filled with trees and wires. First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar said having an energy source to provide power to critical town buildings and services will provide the town’s 10,000 residents with a sense of security – knowing that no matter how fierce the storm, central power will be up....
  • Hartford school placed in lock-in due to power outage

    06/10/2013 1:32:51 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    A charter school in Hartford was placed in a lock-in after a power outage near the building Monday afternoon. Classes continued as normal at the Jumoke Academy at Milner School on Vine Street after the lock-in, however access in and out of the building was "limited," according to a spokesman for Hartford Public Schools. The lock-in is expected to continue until power is restored or when the students are dismissed at 4 p.m. According to the Connecticut Light & Power website, there are 154 customers currently without power.
  • Entergy investigating Super Bowl blackout

    02/04/2013 9:41:44 AM PST · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 4, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    The Super Bowl power outage on Sunday happened after electrical monitoring equipment “sensed an abnormality in the system,” according to the power provider for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Entergy, which provides power to the Superdome, along with 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, said in a statement Monday that the change triggered a partial electrical shutdown. Entergy’s service area includes 400,000 customers in southeast Texas, including homes in Beaumont, Port Arthur, The Woodlands, Huntsville and Conroe. The only customer affected by the problem was the Superdome, Entergy spokesman Michael Burns told FuelFix. “Shortly after the beginning of...
  • Breaking: Major power outage in Annapolis MD. Reports of "fire in the sky"

    12/20/2012 6:28:26 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 215 replies
    Relative on Eastern shore says all lights out on Western side of Bay Bridge. Green and red lights in sky.
  • Christie threatens ‘Disaster Control Act’ order to guarantee nonunion utility workers...

    11/03/2012 2:52:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 89 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/3/12 | David Martosko
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bristled at reports Friday that an electricians’ union stood in the way of some utility workers who wanted to help restore power to victims of Hurricane Sandy. He would use his emergency-management powers, he said, to guarantee that nonunion crews could help restore his state’s electricity grid without interference.“I’ve been on the phone with PSE&G [Public Service Electric and Gas Company], JCP&L [Jersey Central Power & Light] and the union, and they’ve all absolutely promised me they would never turn away a single worker whether they were union or nonunion, and I wouldn’t allow it,” Christie told...
  • Power returns to lower Manhattan, but many waiting

    11/03/2012 6:29:36 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/3/12 | Emily Flitter and Michelle Nichols
    The power restoration came as gasoline supplies headed to coastal zones devastated by the record storm surge and to motorists whose patience has been tested by gasoline rationing during the painstaking effort to rebuild. With the U.S. presidential election just three days away, about 3 million homes and business remained without power in a region choked with storm debris and long gas lines reminiscent of the 1970s-era U.S. fuel shortage. Angry storm victims wondered when their lives would return to normal.
  • Record heat waves goodbye to area

    07/09/2012 5:37:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    The excruciating heat that smothered the mid-Atlantic under triple-digit temperatures came to an end Sunday, leaving in its wake buckled roadways, kinked train tracks, withered yards and a newfound sense of what it means to be hot. A weak cold front moving into northern Maryland should make for “relatively cooler temperatures,” National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Woodcock said, which “is a joke to say the upper 80s.” “The average maximum temperature for July is supposed to be 87 or 88 degrees,” Mr. Woodcock said. “We’re going to cool down to the norm.”
  • Storm of 2012. Demon of the Air.

    07/07/2012 5:48:51 PM PDT · by Lowell1775 · 25 replies
    Open Source Survival website. ^ | July 7, 2012 | Ronin Gael and Brother Rat
    Adding to Brother Rat’s ongoing storm narrative and also using his bullet(s) point format……. BULLET: Blown away? Like many of the other OSS staff and contributors my family was at ground zero for the surprise fast moving linear windstorm that started in northwest Indiana and spread out like a flood across Ohio, northeast Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. Washington DC was especially hard hit. My prayers go out to all affected. The storm sped across 700 miles in 12 hours through the Midwest, north Appalachian, and mid-Atlantic states. At peak impact, over 3 million households were without power. The storm...
  • Washington's Finest Moment

    07/06/2012 9:02:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 6, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    For all the talk of incivility in the Nation's capital, the last week has restored my faith in the basic decency of the people who live there. Although the storm that hit Washington and the surrounding area June 29 has not received as much national attention as hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters usually do, the human toll has been high. In the Washington metro area alone, five people died in the storm and more than 20 have died subsequently from the heat, as hundreds of thousands suffered days without electrical power. But through it all, most people have behaved...
  • Fourth day of storm recovery brings more power customers online

    07/04/2012 5:13:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2012 | Shannon Odell
    Utility crews made significant progress Tuesday restoring power to homes without electricity since Friday night’s storm, but officials in several jurisdictions announced they were canceling Independence Day celebrations as the recovery continues. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday morning that 75 percent of outages in Maryland had been restored, while Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell reported that power outages in Virginia had been reduced to a fraction of the 1.2 million customers left without lights and air conditioning in the wake of the storm. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, about 13,000 of 257,000 Pepco customers in the District were still without...
  • No easy fix in massive power outage

    07/04/2012 4:08:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 4, 2012 | Eric Tucker and Chris Kahn (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - In the aftermath of storms that knocked out power to millions, sweltering residents and elected officials are demanding to know why it's taking so long to restring power lines and why they're not more resilient in the first place. The answer, it turns out, is complicated: Above-ground lines are vulnerable to lashing winds and falling trees, but relocating them underground incurs huge costs - as much as $15 million per mile of buried line - and that gets passed onto consumers.
  • More Than 1.5 Million Without Power; 4 Killed

    06/30/2012 8:01:42 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 96 replies
    A fast-moving line of dangerous storms knocked out power to more than 1.5 million customers in the D.C. area Friday night. A day of record-shattering heat ended with severe thunderstorms that rushed through the metro area with strong winds and an impressive lightning display. The storms produced hurricane-force winds in excess of 80 mph. Gusts of 82 mph were reported in the Reston area. On Saturday morning, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed that four people had died due to the storm in the Commonwealth. The National Weather Service reported a tree fell on a car in the area...
  • Dominion Electric Outage Map

    06/30/2012 8:39:31 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    STORM UPDATE 6/30: A line of severe storms packing winds of up to 80 mph has caused extensive damage and widespread power outages in Virginia. Dominion Virginia Power crews are assessing damages and restoring power where safe to do so. We appreciate your patience during this restoration process. Additional details will be provided as they become available.
  • Prolonged outage generates rage toward Edison

    12/07/2011 8:05:37 AM PST · by americanophile · 18 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/7/2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Abby Sewell
    Of the 6,100 Edison customers in the San Gabriel Valley still without power after last week's windstorm, few suffered like 40-year-old Tim Cutress of Altadena. When the power came back on Sunday, Cutress celebrated along with his wife, 4-year-old son and elderly mother visiting from New Zealand. After four days of darkness, the family eagerly cleaned out their stinky refrigerator, heated up the home and bought $400 worth of groceries to replace the food that had spoiled. "Everybody rejoices," Cutress said. But then at 1 p.m. Monday, the power went out again. And more than 24 hours later, as the...
  • (CT) Power outage reports climb; 288K in the dark

    10/29/2011 3:10:51 PM PDT · by matt04 · 78 replies
    Power outages associated with Winter Storm Alfred are skyrocketing. Connecticut Light & Power reported more than 288,000 customers without power at 5:30 p.m., with those in the central and southwestern part of the state being hit the hardest. ... Officials at United illuminating said more than 9,000 customers were in the dark in its service area, which covers the area surrounding Bridgeport The state Department of Transportation said that power outages along the New Haven line of Metro North is affecting service. Trains are now running hourly.
  • SDG&E: "Power Out Into the Night" [Update San Deigo]

    09/08/2011 7:50:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    nbc ^ | Sarah Grieco
    Transmitting lines were severed, causing power outage Officials were unable to say when power would be restored. More than 1.4 million San Diego Gas & Electric customers wre without power, with millions of people affected by the outage. All other service providers around the state have power. The California Independent System Operator is helping to bring power back on, an SDG&E official said. "We expect power to be out well into the night and into tomorrow in some areas," a spokesman for the utility said shortly before 5 p.m. A transmitter line between Arizona and California was severed, causing both...
  • Power outage hits up to 5M in US Southwest, Mexico

    09/08/2011 10:30:28 PM PDT · by americanophile · 25 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | September 8, 2011 | By JULIE WATSON
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major power outage knocked out electricity to up to 5 million people in California, Arizona and Mexico on Thursday, bringing San Diego and Tijuana to a standstill and leaving people sweltering in the late-summer heat in the surrounding desert. Two nuclear reactors were offline after losing electricity, but officials said there was no danger to the public or workers. San Diego bore the brunt of the blackout that started shortly before 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT, 2300 GMT); most of the eighth-largest U.S. city was darkened. All outgoing flights from San Diego's Lindbergh Field...
  • Massive power outage hits San Diego

    09/08/2011 4:50:52 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 296 replies ^ | 9/8/11 | latimesblogs
    <p>A large swath of San Diego County was without power Thursday afternoon as officials investigated the cause of the outage.</p>
  • Massive Power Outage Throughout San Diego County

    09/08/2011 4:42:11 PM PDT · by mickeylee · 44 replies
    kogo am 600 | self
    Power went out at 3:40pm across San Diego county. SDG&E cannot be reached for comment. Theories anyone?
  • Texas City residents ordered to stay indoors as more refineries lose power

    04/26/2011 12:25:39 PM PDT · by DallasDeb · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 04/26/2011 | Juan A. Lozano
    TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Three refineries, including a BP unit where a 2005 explosion killed 15 people, and a Dow Chemical plant lost electricity in outages that led to shelter-in-place emergency alerts and the cancellation of public schools Tuesday in Texas City. The source of the power outages was still being sought, emergency officials said. A second shelter-in-place alert, advising residents to stay indoors, was issued around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after a Valero refinery also lost power, Texas City Homeland Security coordinator Bruce Clawson said. A BP refinery, site of the deadly March 2005 accident that also left 170...
  • Obama’s Blocking of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts

    02/04/2011 1:06:52 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 82 replies ^ | 2/4/2011 | Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson/Fox News
    Fury as hospitals hit with outages while post-industrial collapse of America accelerates The rolling blackouts now being implemented in Texas and across the country as record cold weather grips the United States are a direct consequence of the Obama administration’s agenda to lay siege to the coal industry, launch a takeover of infrastructure under the contrived global warming scam, and help usher in the post-industrial collapse of America.
  • Power returning after widespread outage in Toronto

    07/05/2010 4:19:54 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    CBC ^ | 7/5/10
    A fire at a transformer station in Toronto has knocked out power to about 250,000 customers during an extreme heat alert and is causing traffic chaos at the height of the afternoon rush hour. A map of the outage on the Toronto Hydro website showed large swaths of the city had been affected shortly after the outage hit at about 4:45 p.m. ET. According to the map, the outages at one point stretched from Renforth Drive in the west to Yonge Street in the east, and from the Gardiner Expressway north to Highway 401. Some 250,000 hydro customers were without...
  • Trains stuck in Channel Tunnel as cold weather bites

    12/18/2009 9:53:40 PM PST · by FromLori · 7 replies · 668+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/18/09
    Four trains have broken down in the Channel Tunnel due to cold weather, as snow is expected to cause further disruption in parts of Britain. The temperature difference between the cold air and warm tunnel caused the trains to break down, Eurostar said. Passengers from two of the services have been moved to different trains; the other trains are to be pushed out. More snow and freezing temperatures are expected for parts of Scotland and south-east and eastern England. More than 2,000 people were trapped in the tunnel and some of the trains were without heating and lighting. Two further...
  • Thousands freed from Channel Tunnel after trains fail

    12/19/2009 1:57:19 AM PST · by darkside321 · 17 replies · 808+ views
    More than 2,000 people spent hours trapped inside the Channel Tunnel after four Eurostar trains broke down due to cold weather. The trains failed as they left the cold air in northern France and entered the warmer tunnel. Some passengers were evacuated to car shuttle trains, while others remained on the stranded trains overnight. Eurostar say the four trains have been moved from the tunnel and passengers are being transferred to England. Meanwhile, more snow and freezing temperatures are expected for parts of Scotland and south-east and eastern England. Heavy snowfall caused travel chaos, forced schools to close and cut...
  • Is a wood stove insert warmer than a Fireplace, even without the fan?

    11/25/2009 9:12:49 PM PST · by Sun · 72 replies · 2,583+ views
    Is a wood stove insert warmer than a regular fireplace, even without the fan (if there's a power outage)?
  • Massive Blackout Hits Brazil's 2 Largest Cities

    11/11/2009 4:34:24 AM PST · by Cindy · 17 replies · 809+ views
    (AP) via FOX ^ | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | n/a
    RIO DE JANEIRO — A massive power failure blacked out Brazil's two largest cities and other parts of Latin America's biggest nation for more than two hours late Tuesday, leaving millions of people in the dark after a huge hydroelectric dam suddenly went offline. Paraguay was also affected when the Itaipu dam straddling the two nations' border stopped producing 17,000 megawatts of power, resulting in outages in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and at least several other big Brazilian cities, Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao said. The cause of the failure had not been determined, but Lobao said...
  • Brazil's 2 largest cities hit by blackouts

    11/10/2009 6:35:35 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 33 replies · 1,426+ views
    AP Google News ^ | Nov 10, 2009
    <p>RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil's two largest cities have been hit by a massive blackout that has also affected other parts of Latin America's largest nation.</p> <p>Media reports say problems at a huge hydroelectric dam are to blame for the electrial outages affecting large parts of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and other cities in several states.</p>
  • Tech Issues Cripple Metro Services, MoCo Traffic Lights

    11/04/2009 7:06:39 AM PST · by Braak · 22 replies · 1,569+ views
    NBC Washington (WRC-4 TV) ^ | 11/4/09 | JIM IOVINO
    A power outage at Metro's headquarters has led to massive problems systemwide, allowing people to ride some buses for free and shutting down WMATA's Web site, call center and e-mail alert system. Metro said it experienced a power outage at about 2:45 a.m. that took down the data center responsible for communication functions. Besides the Customer Call Center not being able to make or receive calls, Metro said the following problems have developed: Some Metrobus fareboxes are not functioning and if that is the case, customers are being allowed to ride without paying a fare. The NextBus system is not...
  • FloydFest delivers high-wattage music

    07/26/2009 9:35:18 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 3 replies · 176+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | July 26, 2009 | Tad Dickens
    Things for FloydFest 8 were about as perfect as event organizers could have dreamed -- until about 8:10 p.m. Friday. That was when most of the grounds went dark. The next hour and a half answered the question: What happens when a large, electricity-driven music festival way out in the sticks loses power? The answers came quickly: Bands at stages small enough for intimacy went acoustic. As folks wandered away from the main stage, groups of musicians seized on the chance to strap on their instruments and perform along the main trail. Listeners gathered in circles around them, some in...
  • Obama hates white people and wants them to die

    01/31/2009 3:03:47 PM PST · by fiodora · 120 replies · 4,217+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 31, 2009 | Rick Moran
    With nearly 1.5 million people in the mid-west without power during a cold snap, what other possible reason is there that this new "competent" administration and FEMA would be failing so spectacularly in helping in this natural disaster? It's got to be that Obama hates white people and wants them to die! Of course, I am just aping what lefty blogs were saying about Bush less than 24 hours after Katrina's hurricane winds stopped blowing. But AP is reporting that Midwest disaster relief people are none too pleased with our new president's FEMA. In Kentucky's Grayson County, there are 25...
  • Power's return could take weeks in Ky., Ark. (And A New Storm is Coming)

    01/29/2009 7:03:43 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 148 replies · 3,255+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 29th 2009 | KRISTIN M. HALL
    PADUCAH, Ky. – Storm-battered residents of several states hunkered down in frigid homes and shelters Thursday, expecting to spend at least a week without power and waiting in long lines to buy generators, firewood, groceries and bottled water.
  • High Wind Leaves 100,000 Without Power in Dayton

    09/15/2008 3:41:42 AM PDT · by LS · 15 replies · 333+ views
    self | 9/15/08 | LS
    On Sunday, September 14, winds of 40 mpt. with gusts of up to 60 mph related to Hurricane Ike blasted the Dayton/Cincinnati area. Power was knocked out for 100,000 people, stretching all the way to Columbus. Virtually all of Dayton was without power from approximately 3:00 pm. until (at my house) 2:15 in the morning. The good news is that original estimates were that it might take "a couple of days" to restore power. Entire trees were uprooted, roads closed with fallen trees and branches, and debris was strewn across roads. One shopping center at Cross Pointe lost its roof.
  • Massive Power Outage Hits Florida

    02/26/2008 12:55:54 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 48 replies · 192+ views ^ | Tuesday, February 26, 2008
    <p>Widespread power outages were reported Tuesday from Miami to Jacksonville on Florida's east coast and as far north as Tampa on the Gulf Coast, police and utility officials said.</p> <p>As many 800,000 Florida Power & Light Co. customers are without power Tuesday afternoon, the company said.</p>
  • CIA: Hackers Shut Down Power To Entire Cities

    01/26/2008 4:37:22 AM PST · by Fennie · 65 replies · 176+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 25/01/2008 | By Tom Leonard in New York
    Computer hackers have managed to shut down power to entire cities by breaking into the systems of electricity companies and then demanding money, a senior CIA analyst has claimed. Tom Donahue told a utilities security conference in New Orleans that all the successful hackings occurred outside America. He did not specify what countries were affected, when the power cuts happened or how long they lasted. Mr Donahue, who was speaking at the Process Control Security Summit, later said in a statement: "We have information, from multiple regions outside the United States, of cyber intrusions into utilities, followed by extortion demands."...
  • Zambia Hit By Nationwide Power Blackout

    01/21/2008 3:14:28 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 88+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-21-2008 | JOSEPH J. SCHATZ
    Zambia Hit by Nationwide Power Blackout Monday January 21, 2008 10:31 PM By JOSEPH J. SCHATZ Associated Press Writer LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) - Zambia was plunged into darkness Monday night in what appeared to be the second nationwide power outage in three days. The electricity network went down at about 7:30 p.m. and was restored about four hours later. There was no immediate explanation for the blackout. On Saturday, Zambia was without electricity for about eight hours, leaving more than 300 miners temporarily trapped underground in the country's Copperbelt province. It was not immediately known if any miners had been...
  • Gaza power plant begins shutting down

    01/20/2008 10:28:25 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 17 replies · 25+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 20, 2008 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA - Gaza's main power plant began shutting down on Sunday due to a fuel shortage caused by Israel's closure of the Hamas-controlled territory's borders, a move taken in response to Palestinian rocket attacks. The impact could be seen in many of Gaza's buildings, where lights were out and elevators stopped working. Stores in the impoverished territory, home to 1.5 million people, were running out of goods because of a surge in demand and lack of supply. Gas stations have been shuttered because of Israeli cuts in petrol and diesel delivery.... Kanaan Abeid, deputy chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority...
  • CIA Says Hackers Have Cut Power Grid (outside the US)

    01/19/2008 8:29:48 AM PST · by STARWISE · 29 replies · 664+ views
    PC World ^ | 1-19-08 | Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
    Several cities outside the U.S. have sustained attacks on utility systems and extortion demands. Criminals have been able to hack into computer systems via the Internet and cut power to several cities, a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency analyst said this week. Speaking at a conference of security professionals on Wednesday, CIA analyst Tom Donahue disclosed the recently declassified attacks while offering few specifics on what actually went wrong. Criminals have launched online attacks that disrupted power equipment in several regions outside of the U.S., he said, without identifying the countries affected. The goal of the attacks was extortion, he said....
  • LA power outage reported from continuing heat wave

    09/01/2007 2:10:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 982+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/1/07 | Robert Jablon - ap
    About 2,600 people were without power Saturday as the city's electrical grid strained in the midst of a statewide heat wave, which was expected to bring triple-digit temperatures through the Labor Day weekend. Highs were expected to reach 113 in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley and well over 100 in many other valley and desert areas of Southern California. At the same time, unstable weather caused by monsoonal moisture from the south prompted concerns of sudden thunderstorms in valleys, mountains and deserts. A flash-flood watch was in effect through Saturday for those areas in San Bernardino, Riverside and...
  • S. Korea Samsung power cut may trigger flash crisis (NAND flash memory production disrupted)

    08/03/2007 10:05:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 336+ views
    MacNN ^ | 08/03/07
    Samsung power cut may trigger flash crisis Samsung may face a major supply issue with flash memory in the wake of an accidental power cut, the company told the press on Friday. An interruption in power near one of the company's Seoul, Korea plants has forced the company to halt production at six of the factories that produce the NAND flash used by cellphones, portable media players, and other devices. The company estimates that its losses could tally over $54 million, while the immediate (non-contract) price of a standard chip has already climbed 9 percent as a result of the...
  • 365 Main outage causes aftershocks in Web world

    07/24/2007 10:55:22 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 800+ views ^ | July 25, 2007 | Owen Thomas
    Excerpt - We've now learned more about the outage at 365 Main's San Francisco datacenter that knocked some of the Web's most popular sites offline. The latest theory: An employee, reportedly drunk, hit the emergency-power-off switch in 365 Main's Colo 4 room. Other sites located in other rooms were unaffected. This isn't the first time 365 Main has suffered an EPO-induced outage; a major one still remembered by customers occurred back in April 2005, and another took place last year. After the jump, a gallery of the carnage caused, and a roundup of reactions. Some of the affected websites --...
  • Power Outages In San Francisco Bring Down Major Websites

    07/24/2007 3:24:54 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 28 replies · 1,415+ views ^ | July 24, 2007
    6 back-to-back power outages hit the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco Tuesday afternoon causing major havoc with popular web services. 365 Main is down, along with craigslist, Netflix, Technorati, Yelp, AdBrite and SixApart. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is currently working on the issue. It is now estimated that over PG&E 51,000 customers are with out power. So the big question, where is the backup power at the data centers used by these services? UPDATE 1: Digg is still up UPDATE 2: Some services, like Technorati are starting to come back online.