Cyber Attack suspected behind Baltimore Bridge Collapse

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The incident that shook Baltimore on March 26, 2024, when a cargo vessel collided with the Baltimore Bridge, resulting in its collapse into the Patapsco River, has sparked widespread speculation and concern. In the early hours of March 27, 2024, several publications shared photos of the bridge collapse, raising questions about the possibility of foul play by adversaries.

A hashtag quickly gained traction on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), suggesting that the Francis Scott Key Bridge was targeted in a cyber-attack, leading to the collision with the container ship. This unexpected development captured the attention of many, including politicians from the Western world, and was widely shared among users of X.

Adding fuel to the fire, influencer Andrew Tate, with a massive following of 9 million users, confirmed the cyber-attack narrative, asserting that the Maritime systems on the 300-meter container vessel was indeed compromised. According to Tate, the cyber-attack not only caused the bridge collapse but also resulted in numerous vehicles and their occupants plunging into the Patapsco River, casting doubt on the Maryland Transportation Authority’s handling of the situation.

The question on everyone’s mind is whether the cargo ship was manipulated by external forces, leading to the tragic collapse of the bridge and the loss of an estimated 6-8 lives?

The coming weeks are likely to be rife with speculation, with investigations potentially uncovering more alarming truths that could involve intelligence agencies from adversarial nations. However, the White House has dismissed these conspiracy theories, asserting that the bridge collapse was simply an accident. Nonetheless, the government emphasizes its close monitoring of the situation and its commitment to holding any individuals or groups responsible for malicious intent accountable.

Furthermore, the government has pledged unwavering support to the families affected by this tragedy, promising assistance in locating missing loved ones and offering solace during this difficult time.

Note- The Dali Container Ship that struck the Baltimore Bridge weighs around 115,965 tons and has the potential to carry over 10,000 containers of cargo. It’s size and dimensions are equivalent to 2-3 large sized football fields.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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