Cyber attack behind Mumbai power outage last year

Cyber attack behind Mumbai power outage last year

State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and Energy Minister Nitin Raut are expected to share details

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The massive and unprecedented power outage in Mumbai and the larger Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) last year was caused by a cyber attack.

The October 12, 2020, power outage in Mumbai-MMR comprising the financial capital and parts of Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts brought the suburban railway network of Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) to a grinding halt even as industrial activity was badly hit.

The incident took place at a time when the economy was being revived after it was hit by the Covid-19 lockdown.

State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and Energy Minister Nitin Raut are expected to share details later in the evening.

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) and the Central Electricity Authority had set up separate committees to probe the cause of the power outage and their reports have been received.