U.S. Blames Power Outage in Ukraine on Cyber Attack

A December power outage in Ukraine affecting 225,000 customers was the result of a cyber attack, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said, marking the first time the U.S. government officially recognized the blackout as caused by a malicious hack. Security experts had already widely concluded that the downing of utilities in western Ukraine on December 23 was due to an attack, which is believed to be the first known successful cyber intrusion to knock a power grid offline.