More anti-Russian hysteria, as members of the press swallow information from sources uncritically, Russian hackers penetrated US electricty grid through a utility in Vermont, officials say
Oh, that sounds positively frightening!
The article of course links this to the supposed hack of the US election, the Russian hacking operation.
A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials.
Plus local Democrats issuing statements where they thumped their chests and engaged in the tough-fellow posturing that some people indulge in these days when talking about those wily Russians.
Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality of life, economy, health, and safety. This episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling.
says Gov. Shumlin.
Plus according to Sen. Leahy
The WaPo article comes to the most sinister conclusions and quotes anonymous "officials" and makes it sound like the United States of America was a few button pushes away from having the power grid shut down. Reactions from media creatures was about what you would expect, taking this story and blaming "Mad" Vlad Putin.
Later the story was reported in outlets like Reuters as "A malware code associated with Russian hackers has reportedly been detected within the system of a Vermont electric utility.”
What came out was that Burlington Electric, the utility company that was supposedly hacked went and checked their computers after receiving a notice from DHS about the malware code found in the DNC system and...malware was found. On a single laptop, not connected to their system at all. The WaPo didn't even bother to contact them about their story, so Burlington Electric made their own statement to the local paper
"Last night, U.S. utilities were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name DHS has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks," said Mike Kanarick, spokesman for Burlington Electric Department. "We acted quickly to scan all computers in our system for the malware signature. We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s grid systems. We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding. Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infiltrate utility systems. We have briefed state officials and will support the investigation fully."
Now the claim, such as it is, has been walked back to showing a "risk to the US electrical grid."