Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
6/17/2019
04:30 PM
100%
0%

Power Outage Hits Millions in South America

The outage, which is not (so far) seen as the result of a cyberattack, still had a significant impact on network and server availability.

Hot on the heels of news that the Xenotime syndicate is probing electrical grids in North America and Asia, the lights went out in South America. While officials in Argentina have said that a cyberattack is not one of the primary possibilities under investigation, the coincidence has many people questioning the security of critical infrastructure components.

On Sunday, an estimated 44 million people lost power across Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, with more limited losses in Chile and Brazil. The outage, described by officials as "unprecedented," had an impact on traffic signals, water supplies, train and subway services, and other public service and safety operations.

The outage, which began in the interconnection system at the Yacyreta Dam, had a significant cybersecurity impact on one-third of the "CIA triad" — confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.

By Sunday night, power had begun to be restored across the impacted area.

For more, read here and here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
NathanDavidson
50%
50%
NathanDavidson,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/27/2019 | 1:47:37 AM
Headed for disaster
It is scary to think about just how reliant we are on power to do things these days. I reckon the whole world would die if our technology starts crashing one by one. A power outage like that would cause so many ripples in the industry and country just because people were unable to function! And I don't think that our dependency is going to improve very much in the future either.. We've got a lot to learn about being sustainable if you ask me...
MelBrandle
50%
50%
MelBrandle,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/22/2019 | 1:05:15 AM
Be better prepared
Those that feel a great impact due to the power outage ought to be more prepared for future unforeseen circumstances. They can have a backup generator especially businesses that need to run around the clock or households with medical aids that run on power. Things could turn ugly should they experience yet another unexpected situation again. Take this incident as a lesson to be better at preventing an unnecessary situation.
GitHub Named in Capital One Breach Lawsuit
Dark Reading Staff 8/14/2019
The Mainframe Is Seeing a Resurgence. Is Security Keeping Pace?
Ray Overby, Co-Founder & President at Key Resources, Inc.,  8/15/2019
The Flaw in Vulnerability Management: It's Time to Get Real
Jim Souders, Chief Executive Officer at Adaptiva,  8/15/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
7 Threats & Disruptive Forces Changing the Face of Cybersecurity
This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at the biggest emerging threats and disruptive forces that are changing the face of cybersecurity today.
Flash Poll
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
Your enterprise's cyber risk may depend upon the relationship between the IT team and the security team. Heres some insight on what's working and what isn't in the data center.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-4483
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
IBM Contract Management 10.1.0 through 10.1.3 and IBM Emptoris Spend Analysis 10.1.0 through 10.1.3 is vulnerable to SQL injection. A remote attacker could send specially-crafted SQL statements, which could allow the attacker to view, add, modify or delete information in the back-end database. IBM X...
CVE-2019-4484
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
IBM Emptoris Sourcing 10.1.0 through 10.1.3, IBM Contract Management 10.1.0 through 10.1.3, and IBM Emptoris Spend Analysis 10.1.0 through 10.1.3 generates an error message that includes sensitive information that could be used in further attacks against the system. IBM X-Force ID: 164068.
CVE-2019-4485
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
IBM Emptoris Sourcing 10.1.0 through 10.1.3, IBM Contract Management 10.1.0 through 10.1.3, and IBM Emptoris Spend Analysis 10.1.0 through 10.1.3 generates an error message that includes sensitive information that could be used in further attacks against the system. IBM X-Force ID: 164069.
CVE-2019-7593
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
Metasys? ADS/ADX servers and NAE/NIE/NCE engines prior to 9.0 make use of a shared RSA key pair for certain encryption operations involving the Site Management Portal (SMP).
CVE-2019-7594
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
Metasys? ADS/ADX servers and NAE/NIE/NCE engines prior to 9.0 make use of a hardcoded RC2 key for certain encryption operations involving the Site Management Portal (SMP).