Update: The Blaster and The Blackout

 From the So The Conspiracy Theorists Were Right Dept it turns out the W32.Blaster worm may have contributed to the cascading effect of the Aug. 14 blackout in NYC and environs. IDG reports that on the day of the blackout, Blaster degraded the performance of several communications lines linking key data centers used by utility companies to manage the power grid, the sources confirmed.