By Kevin Poulsen
June 27, 2008
Cyber security consultant Paul Kurtz threw some cold water this week on
a report that Chinese hackers caused the massive 2003 northeastern U.S.
blackout. He worked for the White House at the time of the outage.
Last month the National Journal cited two computer security
professionals, who in turn cited unnamed U.S. intelligence officials, in
reporting that China's People's Liberation Army may have cracked the
computers controlling the U.S. power grid to trigger the cascading
blackout that cut off electricity to 50 million people in eight states
and a Canadian province.
On Wednesday, Kurtz told NPR host Diane Rehm, of WAMU, that there's no
truth to the claim.
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