November 27, 2022

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Cyber ​​attack and fire in Puerto Rico | Thousands are without electricity

Cyber ​​attack and fire in Puerto Rico |  Thousands are without electricity


“A fire broke out in a transformer at a substation in Monazil,” Luma Energy, a supplier in the capital San Juan district, said. Two hours ago, the company explained that it aimed to reject the service attack, which made it “harder” for customers to access their online accounts.

Luma said the cybertalk, which rejects a service attack designed to shut down a website by overloading it with traffic, has “up to two million visits per second.”

Both Colonial Pipeline, the operator of the massive U.S. pipeline, and global meat giant JBS have succumbed to ransomware or “ransomware” cyber attacks, the authors exploit the loopholes. Security that blocks computer systems and then redemption costs to unblock them.

The immigration pipeline, the main source of gasoline for most of the eastern United States, has been temporarily closed, causing stockpiles in several major cities.

Luma did not establish a link between the cyber attack and the fire on Thursday evening, nor did it estimate the number of homes affected by the cuts.

The fire pushed “defense systems” to interrupt the “current” to prevent further damage, Luma explained on his Facebook account.

“The fire caused major power cuts across the island,” the company said in a statement.

Puerto Rico spokeswoman Jennifer Gonzalez told the US Congress on Twitter that the power cuts had affected more than 500,000 people.

Referring to the “explosion”, the island’s governor, Pedro Pierluici, said he would “take all necessary measures to protect essential services, such as electricity.”

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“Authorities are investigating the blast and the people of Puerto Rico will have to answer,” he said on Twitter.

Luma Energy, a company designed for Puerto Rico’s power grid management, has only been operating sinceIs June.

On social media, pictures showed large chimneys above the power station, along with impressive flames and sparks.

“Renewal (of energy) begins in two hours and continues overnight,” the provider wrote locally on Facebook at 7.40pm (23.40 GMT).