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SERIOUSLY: The only explanation for Nashville that makes sense is overloaded UPS caused by cyber-attack!

 
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SERIOUSLY: The only explanation for Nashville that makes sense is overloaded UPS caused by cyber-attack!
Imagine this hypothetical scenario if you will:

At 4:15am on 12/25/20, AT&T engineers receive emergency alerts that the lithium ion batteries in the UPS room are rapidly overheating. They attempt to remotely login to turn the system off but find they are unable to do so. Realizing this is a very dangerous situation, they immediately notify upper management who in turn notify emergency authorities.

The police arrive on the scene by 5:00am and immediately setup a perimeter to prepare for the worst case scenario. Unfortunately, they do not have physical access to the control room for the UPS system, so they try shooting their way in. This attempt fails and AT&T management inform the authorities that there is nothing left to be done and that based on the current rate of increase of the battery temperature, thermal runaway will occur within the next 30 minutes. The police fall back and wait for the thermal runaway to occur.

Sometime during all this someone must have realized that a cover story would be needed and made sure that it was in place. It would have to have been some organization with the means to react very quickly to the unfolding event.


I believe that the UPS system in the AT&T building used Li-ion batteries, based on the NFPA placard on the outside of the building. There were probably hundreds of kilowatts of juice in that system, certainly enough to cause a huge fireball.

So, how did the attackers do it? Hard to say for sure but let's look at one particular example that may or may not have been the case here. There is an IC manufactured by Linear Technologies, LTC1759, which is a smart lithium battery charger. This kind of charger would give engineers the ability to monitor and CONTROL the UPS system. An attacker could remotely access a system like this and issue a command to deliver a certain current to the batteries. They would have to corrupt the registry for the on-board overtemp monitor in order to get the batteries overcharged to the point of thermal runaway. I'm not sure exactly how that would be accomplished, but the key point is this: An attacker who has knowledge of the hardware being used and the remote entry points, they can find a way to do just about anything they want.
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Re: SERIOUSLY: The only explanation for Nashville that makes sense is overloaded UPS caused by cyber-attack!
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Re: SERIOUSLY: The only explanation for Nashville that makes sense is overloaded UPS caused by cyber-attack!
I read a theory in another thread here that the particular AT&T building was housing the Dominion Servers from the Election.

Quite a coincidence if true, wouldn't you say?
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Re: SERIOUSLY: The only explanation for Nashville that makes sense is overloaded UPS caused by cyber-attack!
Who TF uses lithium batteries for stationary backup?
AGM lead acid rated at 10 years lifespan are used for this purpose
Leave lithium for drones and cars
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Re: SERIOUSLY: The only explanation for Nashville that makes sense is overloaded UPS caused by cyber-attack!
Nothing really makes sense about this.





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