Anonymous Claims Responsibility for Super Bowl Blackout

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Shortly after Destiny’s Child reunited for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII, a portion of the power at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans went out and couldn’t be restored for 34 minutes. The cause is still under investigation, with scenarios being systematically ruled out. The one thing apparently known for sure is that the outage was caused by an abnormality that affected a breaker, but the source of that abnormality is the real mystery. That’s where Anonymous comes in. First, let’s rule out what didn’t cause the blackout.

There was work done to the stadium’s electrical system back in December, in which feeder equipment connecting the stadium to Energy New Orleans was replaced, but that doesn’t look to be related. The manager of the Superdome has said that the incident was caused by an equipment error, not a human one. There’s speculation that all the extravagant lights of the halftime show played a role in the power going down, but according to the manager, the show used its own generator and not the stadium’s power.

When the power first went out, a friend who I was watching the game with half-jokingly remarked that notorious hacker group Anonymous was behind it. Lo and behold, Anonymous has since taken credit for the attack and multiple people have suggested that they were sending a message related to FEMA’s fumbling of the Hurricane Katrina some years back. Is Anonymous really behind it? Only time will tell and it will be interesting to see if the Superdome management places the blame somewhere else in an attempt to discredit the hacker group.

via Boston and Daily Dot

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Dylan Duarte is a freelance writer who's covered videogames, film, television, and now tech! Be sure to check out his site, Dylan Reviews Everything, and follow him on Twitter: @dylanduarte.

  • obamanation

    Hurricane Katrina a few months ago? It was August 2005!

    • http://twitter.com/dylanduarte Dylan Duarte

      Hahahaha, whoops, I meant years! Thanks for catching that.

    • http://twitter.com/dylanduarte Dylan Duarte

      Hahahaha, whoops, I meant years! Thanks for catching that.

  • obamanation

    Hurricane Katrina a few months ago? It was August 2005!

  • obamanation

    Hurricane Katrina a few months ago? It was August 2005!

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