Cyber attacks make smart grids look dumb

Imagine if your thermostat led to a region-wide power blackout. It's a scenario that's looking increasingly plausible.

Argentina isn't ruling out a cyber attack as the possible cause for the mass outage that affected millions of people in five South American countries over the weekend. Even if that incident turns out to have a more innocent explanation, the United States government is stepping up digital incursions into Russia's power grid, The New York Times reported last Saturday, citing unnamed officials.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2019, with the headline 'Cyber attacks make smart grids look dumb'. Print Edition | Subscribe