The Turn Off the Power meme — inside attack

Posted in Cyberterrorism at 4:15 pm by George Smith

In the real world, it’s not hackers, or foreign national states. It’s weather, mechanical failure, Enron, and bizarrely:

A man wandering around a Delmar, Md., poultry farm in a drunken stupor turned off the power to three chicken houses, causing the deaths of nearly 70,000 chickens, sheriff’s officials said.

The property owner who made the grisly discovery found the man, identified as Joshua D. Shelton, 21, of Delmar, Md., passed out on the floor of the power control shed, wearing only a T-shirt and boxer shorts.

“This subject was also lying in a pool of his own urine …”

Shelton had been at the owner’s property the previous evening with a group of people that included the owner’s daughter …

“The daughter thought he left but instead he wandered into the shed where all the power controls and breakers were and turned it off,” [one man] told NBC News on Tuesday.


  1. Frank said,

    August 29, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Oh, man, I probably have driven by this place hundreds of times.

  2. George Smith said,

    August 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I thought you might know it. I presume the farmer had his flock insured against accidental loss because there’s no way the drunk will be able to pay for it. Guy musta been hella fun at parties, best boyfriend, ever..