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First blackout in history due cyber-attack


The December 23, the national power grid of Ukraine suffered a cyber-attack that caused a blackout for several hours, which resulted in more than 600.000 of homes in the Ivano-Frankivsk region going dark. The attack would have been made using the Trojan BlackEnergy and social engineering. It would be the first time in history that a computer attack caused power outage.

Update 12/02/2016: U.S. official accuses Russia of the Ukrainian power plant attack.

Update 03/03/2016: Added information about the incident.