Did a cyber attack cause the blackout in Turkey?

April 1, 2015

After a nationwide blackout across Turkey on Tuesday, different scenarios for reasons for the power outage have been circulating.

As Taner Yıldız, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, said on Tuesday that there was an investigation being carried out into whether the blackout was a result of an operational fault or a cyber

attack, the possibility of a cyber attack became a matter of debate.

According to cyber security expert Thomas Siebel, the possibility should be taken into serious consideration.

Speaking at an energy conference ‘Energy Thought Summit’ last week, Siebel, CEO of C3 Energy which produces software for smart networks, said many grid circuits across the world are vulnerable to hacking attacks. Siebel claimed the reason for this situation is insufficient investments in the cyber security area of grid circuits.

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