Mumbai 2020 Power Outage Might Be A China's Cyberattack, India Official Claims

Aadhya Khatri - Mar 05, 2021


Mumbai 2020 Power Outage Might Be A China's Cyberattack, India Official Claims

The huge power outage Mumbai suffered last year might be the result of a cyberattack from China targeting the city’s infrastructure

The huge power outage Mumbai suffered last year might be the result of a cyberattack targeting the city’s infrastructure.

The initial explanation blamed the blackout on technical problems. However, after nearly a year, local minister Anil Deshmukh said that the incident might have been the result of an attack, according to Reuters.

He said an investigation into the outage found 14 Trojan horse programs in Mumbai’s power system. Early signs pointed to no other than China, signaling a potential cyber war between the two countries.

The power outage in October 2020 resulted in 12 hours of no electricity for millions of people, no communication in several parts of Mumbai, and no public transit, according to Reuters.

Mumbai power outage
The power outage in October 2020 resulted in 12 hours of no electricity for millions of people

A day before Anil Deshmukh made the statement, The New York Times made public a report claiming that the attack was part of the India-China’s ongoing conflict. The Chinese Embassy later denied all accusations.

The report of The New York Times – the one the Chinese Embassy has denied – suggested that the cyberattack is China’s response to the border conflict between the two countries.

The two governments have held talks to ease the tensions but if the allegations that China is behind the power outage in Mumbai proved to be true, the conflict will most likely heat up again.

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