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Re: Blaster / Power Outage Follow up
From: Nicholas Weaver (nweaverCS.berkeley.edu)
Date: Thu Sep 04 2003 - 16:02:44 CDT
On Thu, Sep 04, 2003 at 01:36:17PM -0400, Richard M. Smith composed:
> And here's more:
> Blackout Probe Hears FirstEnergy Tapes
> The House committee released a transcript of telephone calls between
> FirstEnergy and the Midwest region's power grid operator which showed
> growing chaos and confusion in FirstEnergy's control room in the hours
> before the blackout.
> "We have no clue. OUR COMPUTER IS GIVING US FITS, TOO. We don't even
> know the status of some of the stuff around us," an operator at Akron,
> Ohio-based FirstEnergy said.
This suggestst that claims of network disruption are spurious (Blaster
has very little network load, a side effect of bad design), rather
than operator CONTROL computers were directly infected, as Blaster
causes all sorts of weird side-effects (eg, Cut & paste, drag and
drop, and any control system using RPC stops working).
Nicholas C. Weaver nweavercs.berkeley.edu