Friday, April 21, 2017

Gremlins Strike San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles?

News reports are indicating that power outages have struck San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. The most serious appears to be San Francisco, where outages hit the financial district, affecting over 90,000 people, and shut down the city's transit system. The outages in New York City, per the reports, appear to have been limited to certain subway lines. Outages in Los Angeles hit LAX and other spots around the city.


While no cause has been established, there is speculation that it was sabotage, perhaps a cyber-attack. Of course, this is not the first such attack on electrical infrastructure in the Bay Area. I've written before about attacks on electrical substations in and around San Francisco:

There have been other attacks on power and communication infrastructure around the country:
And there were mysterious power outages to the San Francisco BART system in spring 2016 (see here and here).

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