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WorldArgentina does not believe a cyber attack caused massive blackout across South America

12:30  17 june  2019
12:30  17 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Argentina 's energy secretary said he does not believe a cyberattack caused a massive power outage that left tens of millions of people in Argentina , Paraguay and Uruguay in darkness for several hours on Sunday. "At this moment we do not rule out any possibilities but

Argentina 's President Mauricio Macri called the power outage, which also affected parts of Chile and The New York Times reported on Saturday that the United States is escalating cyber attacks on Russia's While big questions remain over what caused the blackout , Edesur said a "collapse" in

Argentina does not believe a cyber attack caused massive blackout across South America
Argentina does not believe a cyber attack caused massive blackout across South America
Argentina does not believe a cyber attack caused massive blackout across South America

Argentina's energy secretary said he does not believe a cyber attack caused a massive power outage that left tens of millions of people in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in darkness for several hours on Sunday.

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A massive power grid failure left all of Argentina and parts of Uruguay and Paraguay without electricity Energy has been restored to nearly 90% of users after a massive blackout left nearly 50 million By evening, authorities were able to restore power to most users across the three countries.

Tens of millions of people across South America were without electricity early on Sunday after a massive power failure left Argentina and Uruguay almost Argentina ’s energy secretariat blamed the blackout on a failure in the transmission of electricity from the Yacyretá hydroelectric dam on the

"At this moment we do not rule out any possibilities but... a cyberattack is not within the preliminary alternatives being considered," Gustavo Lopetegui told reporters on Sunday.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri called the power outage, which also affected parts of Chile and southern Brazil, "unprecedented" and announced an official investigation into the cause.

As of now, no explanation for the widespread power failure has been identified.

The blackout comes as concerns rise over governments' abilities to disrupt other nations' power systems. The New York Times reported on Saturday that the United States is escalating cyber attacks on Russia's electric power grid and has placed potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system.

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A massive outage blacked out Argentina and Uruguay Sunday. Electricity services have been restored to more than 70 percent of Argentina and Uruguay following a massive blackout that left We're not ruling out any possibility, but a cyber attack is not among the main alternatives being

Argentina does not believe a cyber attack caused massive blackout across South America . Argentina 's Energy Secretary said he does not believe a cyber attack caused a massive power outage left tens of millions of people in Argentina , Paraguay and Uruguay in darkness for several

As of Sunday night local time, half of Argentina's power had been restored, including in the capital Buenos Aires, officials said.

Argentina's power distributors Edesur and Edenor said service has been restored to the country's capital late on Sunday, and earlier Argentina's Energy Secretary Gustavo Lopetegui said more than half of electricity services in Argentina had been restored and are expected to be fully reinstated in the coming hours.

What happened?

A spokesperson for the Buenos Aires-based utility company Edesur said the outage "is the first generalized blackout that Argentina has had in its history," Alejandra Martínez told CNN affiliate TN.

While big questions remain over what caused the blackout, Edesur said a "collapse" in Argentina's government-operated interconnection system occurred around 7 a.m. local time on Sunday (6 a.m. ET).

Utility distributor Edenor, which controls 20% of the Argentine market, about 3 million customers, said a transmission system at Yacyretá Dam -- on the Paraná River near Ayolas, Paraguay -- failed "without human intervention," forcing an automatic shutdown.

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Argentina said it isn’t ruling out a cyberattack after what President Mauricio Macri called an “unprecedented” power blackout struck five South American countries Argentina Isn’t Ruling Out a Cyberattack in Major Power Outage. , Macri says cause of power grid failure is being investigated.

Massive power outage in South America . A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina , Uruguay and Paraguay on Lopetegui said the blackout occurred around 7 a.m. local time when a key Argentine interconnection system collapsed. By mid-afternoon nearly half

Edesur added that the failure began in a transport connection between the dam and the Salto Grande power stations on Argentina's coast. The shutdown was a protective measure, it said.

Both companies called the blackout "an external problem" and emphasized that the outage had nothing to do with their distribution lines.

Because Argentina's grid is connected to neighboring Paraguay and Uruguay, residents in those countries as well as parts of Chile and southern Brazil were also affected.

The Argentine Interconnection System, which experienced the failure, handles the bulk of Argentina's electricity. It is one of two such systems in the country, the other being in the Patagonia region.

By Sunday afternoon Chile's system was running normally again, CNN Chile reported.

Edesur later said that Uruguay and Paraguay could be removed from the list of countries that were entirely without electricity, but it isn't clear how many residents in those two countries have had their power restored. Power was only partially restored in Uruguay, the country's energy authority said.

Lucas Rodriguez tweeted a video of the Argentine capital in darkness before dawn, saying he'd never seen anything like it.

"The funny part is that we don't have electricity, but we have internet in our phones," he told CNN.

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