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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds The UK financial market has seen erratic rises and declines in share prices over the last two days due to a number of coinciding and as yet unexplained events across the country. These spikes have increased apprehension across the country with reports of people beginning to panic buy food and petrol. Instances of power outages in Spain, Finland, and America have also been reported with medical institutions, technology, and communications, businesses and transport infrastructure also suffering. We can now join Dr George Weir, a Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde for his thoughts on recent matters. Many thanks for joining us Dr Weir.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds With disruption now spreading to financial markets, do you have an opinion as to what might be happening? Well, the kind of incidents that are happening could be the result of direct action. People intentionally trying to bring down systems or deny the service, deny access. It has been known to happen in the past.

The Blackout: day three - 'the crisis spreads'

How might the spread of the crisis change the way(s) in which you now view ‘The Blackout’?

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