Cyber attack, sabotage behind Mumbai power outage in October 2020, says Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday said an investigation by the State cyber crime unit has shown a possible cyber sabotage of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) server resulting in power outage across Mumbai on October 12, 2020.
Mr. Deshmukh’s statement comes in the backdrop of an exclusive report by the New York Times linking the power outage with alleged Chinese state-sponsored cyber intrusion, which had been tracked and revealed by U.S. cyber security and intelligence firm Recorded Future. The report said that the massive power outage may have caused by the Chinese malware.
“Maharashtra Power Department had sought an inquiry into the incident based on which we had asked Inspector General of the State cyber crime unit to conduct an inquiry. An analysis of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) has shown that there is a possibility that this incident was a cyber sabotage. The department has given a report which we have handed over to the Power Department,” said Mr. Deshmukh.