$3.27 million fine due to negligent maintenance of high voltage insulators on two transmission lines in Brazil, but not Indonesia

A massive 2007 electrical blackout in Brazil has been newly blamed on computer hackers, but was actually the result of a utility company’s negligent maintenance of high voltage insulators on two transmission lines. The utility company involved, Furnas Centrais Elétricas, told Threat Level on Monday, it “has no knowledge of hackers acting in Furnas’ power transmission system.”

And the National Agency for Electric Energy, Brazil’s energy regulatory agency, concluded its own investigation in January 2009 and fined Furnas $3.27 million for failing to maintain the high-voltage insulators on its transmission towers.

Excerpt from Wired.com.

I used to have a discount on electiricity monthly bill for nearly two months 6-12 hours blackout. But I wouldn’t think that there was a penalty to the company. Could people in Jakarta file a class action on the 6-9 hours blackout they are currently facing?

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