The electricity supplier Luma Energy has not yet established a connection between the computer attack it suffered and the fire, which occurred at a power station shortly afterwards, causing a blackout.
On the evening of Thursday, June 10, a fire broke out in a power station on the island of Puerto Rico in the United States. Soon after the electricity supplier announced a cyber attack, thousands of residents plunged into darkness.
“A fire broke out in the transformer at the Monacillo substation”The San Juan district of the capital announced the supplier Luma Energy. Two hours ago, the company explained that it was the target of a denial of service computer attack, a technique designed to cause website shutdowns through traffic overload.
This cyber attack represents as many as “Two million visits per second”, Luma said, surrender ” hard” Customers access their online accounts.A few weeks ago, Colonial Pipeline, the operator of large US pipelines, and the global meat giant JBS were both victims of ransomware cyber attacks, or Ransomware, Its author used security holes in the computer system to stop them, and then demanded a ransom to unlock them.
As the main source of gasoline supply in most parts of the eastern United States, Colonial Petroleum’s oil pipeline was temporarily closed, causing shortages in several major cities.
Luma did not determine the connection between the cyber attack and the fire on Thursday night, nor did it estimate the number of households affected by the power outage.The fire is getting bigger and bigger “Interrupted Protection System” flow “To avoid more harm”, Luma explained on his Facebook account. “The fire caused a blackout across the island”, Explains the company, which ensures “Efforts to restore service”.
Puerto Rico’s representative to the US Congress, Jenniffer González, said on Twitter that the power outage affected more than 500,000 people. Governor of the island Pedro Pierluisi (Pedro Pierluisi) “explosion”, Say “Take all necessary measures to protect basic services, such as electricity services”The authorities “Investigate the explosion” And the person in charge “Will have to answer the people of Puerto Rico”, He assured on Twitter.
Luma Energy is a company created to manage Puerto Rico’s power grid, since 1Yes June. On social media, pictures showed a large amount of black smoke rising above the power station, as well as impressive flames and sparks.
“restore [du courant] Will start in two hours and will last overnight”, At 7:40 pm local time (1:40 am on Friday in Paris), the supplier wrote on Facebook.