[Dshield] Blaster / Power Outages Follow up

John Sage jsage at finchhaven.com
Thu Sep 4 18:06:14 GMT 2003

At this point, all this is ancient history, and really remains in the
realm of speculation.

There is no substantive addition, here, to the information already

There is considerable reason to declare this particular topic
off-topic for this list, at this point in time and in the future.

Despite the fact that apparently one individual wants to return to
this topic, can this topic be declared "dead" on this list?

On Wed, Sep 03, 2003 at 05:31:05PM -0700, Geoff Shively wrote:
> 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

- John
"Warning: time of day goes back, taking countermeasures."

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