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The Empire Strikes Back – More on Brazil Blackouts

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

2005, 2007 and now you can add November 2009.

Yesterday the Itaipu dam an important hydroelectric dam shared by Brazil and Paraguay failed last Tuesday night, pushing a large swath of central and southern Brazil into darkness, said the country’s minister of mines and energy, Edison Lobao. source (CNN)

A recent comment by bernardo from Brazil (Here) on my previous post implies that this is a coordinated attack that took place at exactly 22 hours. when die hard 4.0 was about to begin on FX Cine Latin America !!.
Die Hard 4.0 Schedule

The Official response so far was ” the exact cause was not yet known but atmospheric problems, an intense storm, may have contributed to or caused the transmission lines to Itaipu to shut down.” said the the country’s minister of mines and energy, Edison Lobao to reuters.

While the real cause of the problem remains to be unclear, it appears that hackers are not fond of the itaipu dam IT infrastructure. One thing for certain is that the itaipu servers has been “visited” before.

itaipu servers hacking incidents in 2000 and 2001

itaipu servers hacking incidents in 2000 and 2001

Incident Record Source: Zone-h

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  1. November 12, 2009 at 3:10 am

    it’s pretty scary to think that computer hackers have causes such a sweeping blackout

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