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The Delta Airlines Debacle ... Can we speculate?


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#1 DodoIso

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 08:00 PM

Was it a malware that caused the Delta Airlines system shutdown?  Or since there was a power outage, was it perhaps the faulty automatic upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary?  Or simply a lack of computer infrastructure?  Whatever it is, it must be at the center of it all!

 

Airline cutbacks, not computer hacks, led to Delta, Southwest failures
Exclusive: Chinese Hackers Sold Delta Airline Vulnerabilities on Black Market
 

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 08:03 PM

When systems go down like that, it is difficult to pick up all the pieces again.   You basically have to start at square one, locate all the equipment and crews and revamp the schedule so that you get as much in the air again and try to get back to the regular schedule.



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Posted 09 August 2016 - 08:57 PM

Ransomware.

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 09:12 PM

It was supposedly a problem with a switchgear. I thought I read somewhere that their backup also failed. The whole industry is a house of cards ready to fall.

 

Delta said the problem was touched off by a power failure about 2:30 a.m. Eastern, shutting down computers and grounding flights for about six hours before the airline began to bring its systems back online. (As it happens, the culprit inside Delta — a failed switchgear, an item similar to a circuit-breaker box in a house — is a piece of equipment typically installed to guard against breakdowns.)

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/business/delta-air-lines-delays-computer-failure.html


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 11:58 PM

Main power, usually called switchgear when at levels at 440 volts and above, up to 12 kilovolts.  Major failures can destroy a lot of equipment fast.  Most are designed to stop a major fault from cascading up the chain but destroy themselves on the process.  Repair work often dictates that an even larger area be affected while isolating the area and getting as much power back on to the rest of the service area.  Whether it was on-site gear owned by the airline or service utility gear can speed up or slow down the replacement equipment arrival, most utilities have large stocks of gear but the airline would have to hire an outside contractor and hope they have some replacements.



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:51 PM

you know

it's 2016!

the lights went out in the 70'S on the east coast

but

a power outage in delaware, where ever

knocks out their worldwide computer system

somethingis not right

 

if it was jpmorganchase

where would we be?

 

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 09:58 AM

It's only a matter of time before the whole thing fails unless money is spent on the electrical grid infrastructure.

 

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/What-Will-You-Do-when-the-Lights-Go-Out-The-Inevitable-Failure-of-the-US-Grid.html






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