World Puerto Rico Theater of a cyber attack and a fire, thousands of people in the black
2021 Atlantic hurricane season begins
Forecasters predicted a likelihood of 13 to 20 total named storms, with six to 10 likely to become hurricanes and three to five likely to become major hurricanes. Many residents are still recovering from 2020's record-breaking season, which saw 30 named storms including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. NOAA said in November that 2020 was hit by the most storms on record, surpassing a count of 28 from 2005. According to data from the agency collected from 1851 through last year, 40% of all U.S. hurricanes hit the state of Florida and 88% of major hurricane strikes have hit either Florida or Texas.
coincidence or related events? Thursday evening, the fire of an electric resort of the American Island of Puerto Rico plunged thousands of inhabitants in the dark. Shortly before, the electricity supplier Luma Energy announced to have undergone a cyber attack, without making a link with the disaster.
"There was a fire in a transformer of the Monacillo substation," a district of the capital San Juan, said Luma Energy. Two hours earlier, the company explained to be the target of an IT attack by denial of service that made "difficult" the access of customers to their account online.
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"Technically, a lot of these tools that are being leveraged for ransomware are tools that were leaked from our own organization," one cybersecurity official told Newsweek on the condition of anonymity."Technically, a lot of these tools that are being leveraged for ransomware are tools that were leaked from our own organization," a cybersecurity official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Newsweek.
Here's What Luma Energy Stage at 9:12 P.M. Three Hours After The Fire Began.- Pedro Correa Henry (He-They) (@pete_r_correa)
This cyberattack by denial of service, aimed at provoking the closure of a website by overloading traffic , represented up to "two million visits per second," says Luma. It comes a few weeks after Colonial Pipeline, the operator of a huge American oil pipeline, and, have both been victims of .
On this type of attack, the authors exploit security loopholes to block computer systems and then require a ransom to unlock them. The colonial pipeline, the main source of gas supply of the majority of the Eastern United States, had been temporarily arrested, causing stock breaks in several major cities.
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Home Affairs boss Mike Pezzullo says Australia should take on cybercriminals like the British Navy fought the pirates of the Caribbean in the 17th century. He also warned the threat of cyber attacks will soon reach "global pandemic proportions".Mr Pezzullo used an address to a parliamentary inquiry into new cyber-crime laws to suggest Australia take on a more offensive role in combating the threat.He suggested the counter-terrorism approach taken post-September 11 as one model, or even the British efforts to combat piracy worldwide hundreds of years ago.
More than 500,000 individuals assigned
Luma had not established Thursday evening link between cyberattack and fire, nor given estimates of the number of households affected by the cuts. The fire pushed "protection systems to interrupt" the current "to avoid more damage", explains Luma on its Facebook account, ensuring "working to restore the service".
The representative of Puerto Rico at the US Congress, Jenffer González, said on Twitter that power cuts affected more than 500,000 individuals. On social networks, images showed large plumes of black smoke above the electricity station, as well as impressive flames and sparks.
Now: An Explosion Left Hundreds of Puerto Ricans Without Power.
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The governor of the island, Pedro Pierluisi, who evokes her an "explosion," said "take all the necessary actions to protect the essential services, as is the electrical service" . The authorities "investigate the explosion" and the officials "will have to answer before the people of Puerto Rico," he hammered on Twitter.
Luma Energy A company created to manage the Puerto Rico electricity network, does not operate since June 1st. "The recovery (of the current) will begin within two hours and will continue during the night," wrote the supplier on Facebook at 19:40 local time (1h40 in the morning in Paris).
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