Was The So Cal Edison Power Grid Hacked Today?

Was the South Bay Power Outage Caused by Hackers?

This morning a Southern California power outage occurred on a relatively cool morning.  It was a very large outage for over 100,000 customers in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Gardena, Hawthorne, and Inglewood.  

This is an unprecedented outage and begs the question of why it was it so large?  The media still has not reported a cause almost 5 hours after the incident.  This makes me suspect that a possible outside source like hackers might have caused the outage.   Socal Edison should know almost immediately what caused the problem and we still haven't heard anything.  

Here are two incidents found that make me suspect something like this could have happened. Ukraine power grid hacked in January of 2016 and a group of power grid hackers broke into a Midwest power grid.  

South Bay Power Outage Map & Refinery Flaring Oct 11

Power Outage Map and Torrance Refinery Flaring

A shelter-in-place order was temporarily issued for Torrance residents near the former Torrance refinery flaring event Tuesday morning, and power outages were affecting more than 100,000 customers in the broader South Bay area.  Flames were visible from 20 miles away.

The refinery has been plagued by power disruptions in recent weeks that have caused a series of unplanned flaring events.