[Dshield] Blaster / Power Outages Follow up

Geoff Shively gshively at pivx.com
Thu Sep 4 00:31:05 GMT 2003

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."

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


Geoff Shively, CHO
PivX Solutions, LLC


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