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World Puerto Rico Theater of a cyber attack and a fire, thousands of people in the black

12:30  11 june  2021
12:30  11 june  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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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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Here's What Luma Energy Stage at 9:12 P.M. Three Hours After The Fire Began. pic.twitter.com/2xc2giwlqi

- Pedro Correa Henry (He-They) (@pete_r_correa) June 11, 2021

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 the Global Meat Giant JBS , have both been victims of cyber attacks to the rankong, or "ransomware" .

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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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. # apagónpr #puerTorico

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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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