Airports Systems Just Crashed Globally; Could The Power Grid Be Next?

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Airport computer systems crashed around the globe yesterday. The crash caused passenger delays, angst, and fright among travelers, but a more ominous question has arisen in light of this glitch. Could the next failure be a worldwide power grid outage?

Thousands of travelers were grounded yesterday when a computer glitch took down check-in systems at more than 100 airports worldwide. The crash left passengers waiting in long lines at counters while trying to check-in for their flights. T Amadeus Alta, the company that provides the software, confirmed it is experiencing a “network issue that is causing disruption,” The Telegraph reported.

The glitch affected even massive airports,  such London’s Heathrow International Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, and Ronald Reagan International Airport in Washington, D.C. “Technical teams are working on the problem, services are gradually being restored,” the software company said. After a few hours, officials at Gatwick and Heathrow airports said their systems were “back up and running” after the “momentary IT glitch,” adding there may be a delay due to the outage.

A statement on the glitch read, “A small number of airlines are currently experiencing intermittent issues with their check-in systems at airports around the world — including at Heathrow.”


It continued, “Passengers will still be able to check-in for their flight, although the process may take slightly longer than usual.”

Passengers took to social media to complain about the crash.

According to Fox News, it is still unclear when all the systems will be back up and running, but it begs the question: what if a power grid failure is next?

It isn’t like it’s never happened, but it may only be a matter of time before it occurs on a massive scale.

In December of 2015, 230,000 people in Western Ukraine lost power after 30 substations were mysteriously shut off. Contrary to what most people assumed at the time, this wasn’t an innocuous power outage. The authorities would later admit that the loss of power was caused by a cyber attack, which marked the first time that malware was successfully used to attack a power grid. A similar, albeit more sophisticated cyber attack, occurred one year later just outside of Kiev. Given the current tensions between Russia and Ukraine, it’s widely believed that the Russian government was responsible for these incidents.


However, there’s more to this story than meets the eye. A computer security company has been investigating these attacks, and has discovered the malware that was used to take down the grid. They’ve found that it’s far more dangerous and easier to use than anyone realized before. –Ready Nutrition

It may not necessarily be malicious malware that takes down the grid either.  Even solar flares can cause some incredibly intense issues.

Most policy makers have not taken the threat of an earth-directed solar flare seriously, even though a senior member of the Congressional Homeland Security Committee recently warned that there is a 100% Chance of a Severe Geo-Magnetic Event Capable of Crippling Our Electric Grid.

If such an event were to happen Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, who has advised people to develop individual preparedness plans based on the threat of massive solar flares or electro-magnetic pulse detonations, says that it would take upwards of 18 months to bring the grid back online because of a decaying national infrastructure. –SHTFPlan

With the crash of the airport system affecting people worldwide, imagine how much chaos would ensue should the power grid go down over most of earth.


opport.knocks techpriest Fri, 09/29/2017 - 15:46 Permalink

On business travels, I had breakfast with a guy who maintained and updated Canadian Air Force Air Traffic Control Software that was written in the 1970's in Pascal. He said there were only a handful of people who could do it,Mind you, since it does not use Windows it is likely 10,000x more secure than anything written in the last 20 years.

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pavman Erek Sat, 09/30/2017 - 10:51 Permalink

Who can blame them with spyware crap like windows 10 out there.  MS always ruins their OS's in the next iteration.  Win 3.1.1, Win XP, Win 98/ME, and win 7 were outliers.Ironically, I've run win 7 for a decade without any real issues, even migrated disks and system to new hardware still runs like a champ.  Comodo is ur friend.The largest ATM breech in history was due to MS SQL back-end databases.  No phyiscal card hijacking was necessary.If you run MS with anything important, you're just asking to get hacked,  MS is the redheaded stepchild of computing.

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techpriest Dave5150 Fri, 09/29/2017 - 18:55 Permalink

Could be. I'm a web developer and do some fairly large scale web projects. Any time we do a substantial change we test for days and create multiple server replications to make sure that everything is right when we go live.

But sometimes, something is still missed, and everything goes down. The upshot is that companies then get skittish and never update anything, until they absolutely have to.

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consider me gone Urban Roman Sat, 09/30/2017 - 11:54 Permalink

Of course you don't because the Russians were helping Iran with their nuclear program. I get the whole hyper "the Russians suck" thing is very dangerous and counter productive, but to paint the Russian government as misunderstood saints is also complete bs. I hope the US and the Russians alike can get out of their respective "We must be the ones to rule the world" ideologies and reconcile to some more realistic and peaceful paradigm. And then we can together kick China's ass!!! Oh! There I go again. Sorry. Old habits ya know. Just kidding everybody. Then include China and we all live happily ever after. And I get laid by a new hottie at least once a week. Well, if you're gonna dream, go big.

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Shitonya Serfs CH1 Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:51 Permalink

If power went out, I imagine:
1) Antifart/libs running around like this:…-

"Does anyone know how to make weapons?"

2) Category 5 Chimpouts in the inner cities, but they destroy and burn their own crap.

3) The rest of us, act more cautious and take care of fam/neighbors, protecting our areas (like Houston hurricane).

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Katos CH1 Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:15 Permalink

THE WORLD'S authorities have known for decades that OUR electrical grids are a time bomb READY to send the natios into darkness and chaos! Yet absolutely nothing has been done to change and improve the system, as slaughtering MILLIONS in foreign lands using trillions of dollars, HAS taken priority! We're being governed by morons

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Son of Captain Nemo Grumbleduke Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:34 Permalink

"time to go cashless! The beast can't barely contain itself, it wants to break out."

Riding the .buttcoin "network" of course!...

Oh "wait a minute"?... Keep forgetting it doesn't HAVE or NEED it's own network... And it's regulated by the "full faith and credit" of a hash algorithm that was constructed by some phantom apparition called "Satoshi"!

Speaking of network(s) controlled by .gov???... Nothing to see here folks...

Run along now!

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