Blackouts

Hackers Built A Weapon To Trigger Blackouts, And It Could Work Anywhere

Hackers Built A Weapon To Trigger Blackouts, And It Could Work Anywhere

The seemingly local cyberattack that cut power to part of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, last December could have been a test run. And security researchers now say the malware believed to have caused the blackout is actually modular, mostly automated and highly adaptable. That means it doesn’t just work on electrical…

A Monster Solar Storm Could Cost The US $40 Billion Daily

A Monster Solar Storm Could Cost The US $40 Billion Daily

Our planet is due to be hit with a powerful solar storm, an event that happens about once every hundred years. New research shows that losses from the ensuing blackouts could total $US41.5 billion ($54 billion) per day in the US alone, including nearly $US7 billion ($9 billion) lost in…