In 1982 Soviet Union spies stole a program to run their Natural Gas pipeline, - but the CIA had armed it beforehand

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In 1982 Soviet Union spies stole a program to run their Natural Gas pipeline, - but the CIA had armed it beforehand

The CIA learned in 1982 that the Soviet Union were tying to steal software needed t run their natural gas pipeline. so instead of arresting the spies, they let them teal it, with a bug that created the biggest non nuclear explosion in years.

After the US government denied the USSR's request to buy the software to automate their new trans-Siberian pipeline, a KGB agent was covertly sent to a Canadian company to steal the software.

A new batch of Farewell Dossier documents brought these efforts to the attention of the CIA, prompting US agents to tailor a special version of the software for the Soviets, and plant it at the company in question.

Delighted at the ease of procuring the program, the Soviets tested their complete pipeline automation system and everything seemed to hum along smoothly. By about the middle of 1982, the pipeline was pumping massive amounts of natural gas across Kazakhstan and Russia to Eastern Europe, bringing in a tidy profit for the USSR government.

Some weeks after going online, in the summer of 1982, the clandestine code in the pipeline control program asserted itself. Disguised as an automated system test, the software instructed a series of valves, turbines, and pumps to increase the pipeline's pressure far beyond its capacity, putting considerable strain on the line's many joints and welds over a period of time.

One day, somewhere in the cold loneliness of Siberia, the overexerted pipeline finally succumbed to the pressure.

As satellites for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) watched from orbit, a massive explosion rocked the Siberian wilderness.

The fireball had an estimated destructive power of three kilotons, or about 1/4 the strength of the Hiroshima bomb. Initially NORAD suspected a nuclear test, but there was only silence from the satellites which would have detected the telltale electromagnetic signature.

US military officials who were not privy to the Farewell Dossier activities were understandably concerned about the event– one of the largest non-nuclear blasts ever recorded– but the CIA quietly assured them that there was nothing to worry about. It would be fourteen years before the real cause of the event would be revealed.

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By netchicken: posted on 8-10-2008








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