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Did Hackers Cause the 2003 Northeast Blackout?

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http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/05/d...ackers-cau.html

The detailed 228-page final NERC report found a complex confluence of events responsible, but not a single hacker. It traced the root cause of the outage to the utility company FirstEnergy's failure to trim back trees encroaching on high-voltage power lines in Ohio. When the power lines were ensnared by the trees, they tripped.

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Now that we're seeing "overgrown trees" between the same scare quotes conspiracy theorists bracket around "lone gunman" and "moon landing," the cybarmageddon hawks have squarely set foot in the realm of 9/11 truthers. I'm waiting for them to blame Chinese hackers for "Hurricane" Katrina.

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The book Blackout has a story about a boy cutting off the power... 5 or so times... while living in a cave... so that he can say "help".

It's a scary notion that people who do have malicious incentives could do that though.

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