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More fake news perpetuated by so-called “credible” sources
(INTELLIHUB) — “Credible” mainstream media sites the likes of Yahoo News and the Sydney Morning Herald ran misleading fake news headlines clearly implying that the Russians “penetrated the [sic] US electricity grid through a utility in Vermont.”
Here’s an excerpt from the Agence France Press (AFP) story aggregated on Yahoo News:
A code connected to Russian hacking efforts has been discovered in a utility system in Vermont, which could point to vulnerabilities in the US electrical grid, The Washington Post reported Friday.
The code detected in the northeastern state’s system did not disrupt its operations, the paper cited US officials as saying. The code was associated with the Russian hacking efforts that US officials have dubbed “Grizzly Steppe.”
The Burlington Electric Department said it had been alerted by the government Thursday night, carried out a scan and found the malware in one laptop not connected to its grid systems. It said it took action to isolate that laptop.
The Burlington Free Press reported “malware was found at the utility in a computer that was not connected to the operation of the grid, Vermont Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia said.”
Now let’s take a look at the actual statement from the Burlington Electric Department:
“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.”
So there you go folks, the notion that Russians hacked the U.S. electricity system has been debunked as fake news! Yes, a malware infection incident did occur, however it did not, in any way, affect the region’s grid systems.
Yes the fact that the alleged Russian hackers were able to access the grid system reveals some serious security flaws with the United States power grid, but again a laptop not even connected to the grid was infiltrated.
The amusing thing is that the MSM essentially debunked their own sensational headlines at the end of the “report!”
One certainly gets the impression that the dying dinosaur media is pulling extreme stunts just like this one to get clicks on their fake news stories.