IDG Contributor Network: Did IoT cyberattacks cause NY power transformers to explode?

IDG Contributor Network: Did IoT cyberattacks cause NY power transformers to explode?

Officials blamed a power surge for the blackout on Dec 28th, 2018 that left LaGuardia airport in the dark for about 45 minutes and grounding flights. A look at the trend of power outages at American airports shows a disturbing pattern and possibly sinister cause.

Background

Attacking an adversary’s infrastructure is asymmetrical warfare. It causes a lot of damage for a very small cost. Cyberattacks are an ideal weapon as they disguise who might be behind them, making retaliation much harder.  Attacks on the power grid for airports are especially devastating as they ground flights, stranding passengers and disrupting business nationwide. Just take a look at recent power outages:

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