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[liberationtech] Super Bowl Power Outage: Possible SCADA intrusion?

Asher Wolf asherwolf at
Mon Feb 4 05:48:42 PST 2013

"Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to
monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system.  Once the
issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and
opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in
order to isolate the issue."


On 4/02/13 4:29 PM, Greg Norcie wrote:
> It's admittedly a wild theory, but it was the first thing that came to
> mind. After the game I googled, and came across this gem:
> "Michael Burns, a spokesman for Entergy Services, the local utility,
> said that his company’s distribution and transmission feeders that serve
> the Superdome were never interrupted. Power did not go out elsewhere in
> the city. "
> As many on this list may know, SCADA vulnerabilities are rampant in the
> US power grid. And Stuxnet was targeted at SCADA systems overseas.
> Now, there's admittedly no evidence, so this is just idle speculation on
> my part, but I'd be surprised if I was the only one musing along these
> lines, and thought it might be interesting to start a thread about the
> possibility.
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