[Educator-Gold] NEWS: FAKE NEWS : ENERGY ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS : ENERGY ELECTRIC POWER GRIDS : COMPUTER: HACKING AND HACKERS : COUNTRIES: RUSSIA : COUNTRIES: UNITED STATES: STATES: VERMONT : FAKE NEWS : INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DIPLOMACY: Russian Operation Hacked a Vermont Utility, Showing Risk to U.S. Electrical Grid Security, Officials Say (PART TWO)

 

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NEWS: FAKE NEWS :

ENERGY ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS :

ENERGY ELECTRIC POWER GRIDS :

COMPUTER: HACKING AND HACKERS :

COUNTRIES: RUSSIA :

COUNTRIES: UNITED STATES: STATES: VERMONT :

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DIPLOMACY:

(PART TWO)

Fake News? The Russians Did Not Hack the U.S. Power Grid

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Fake News? The Russians Did Not Hack the U.S. Power Grid

Sarah Lee 1 hour

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http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/12/31/ fake-news-the-russians-did-not-hack-the-u-s-power-grid/

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The Washington Post caused a mild social media stir Friday when they posted a story alleging that the Russians had hacked the U.S. power grid via a utility company in Vermont.

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In a story boasting the ominous headline, Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont, officials say,

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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.

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While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a security matter, the discovery underscores the vulnerabilities of the nations electrical grid. And it raises fears in the U.S. government that Russian government hackers are actively trying to penetrate the grid to carry out potential attacks.

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However, by late Friday night, after The Burlington Electric Department was finally contacted and could release a statement  something the Post didnt obtain before publishing their piece  the headline had changed to something less ominous due to the utility companys statement.

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The Daily Caller reports that the statement read as follows:

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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, a spokesman for the Burlington Electric Department said. 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 organizations grid systems.

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The Vermont Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia told The Burlington Free Press, The grid is not in danger.

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The complete articles may be read at the URLs provided for each.

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Russian Malware Found in Vermont Power Utility Laptop

By Daniel Politi

Slate

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/12/31/russian_malware_
in_vermont_utility_laptop_raises_concerns_over_electrical.html

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Malware that has been linked to Russian hackers was discovered in a laptop of a Vermont power utility laptop, raising fears about the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid. The code was connected to the hacking operation that has been dubbed Grizzly Steppe, which is the same one that is suspected of having carried out operations to try to influence the presidential election. The laptop was not connected to the power grid, the Burlington Electric Department said in a statement. We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding, the company added.

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The discovery came a day after the Department of Homeland Security sent out a public alert about the malware code. “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,” the company said.

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The Washington Post was first to report the story although it initially claimed the Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electrical grid before toning down the story once the Vermont utility said the laptop was not connected.

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Officials expressed confidence there was no damage to the electrical infrastructure. “The grid is not in danger,” Vermont Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia told the Burlington Free Press. “The utility flagged it, saw it, notified appropriate parties and isolated that one laptop with that malware on it.” Still, that doesnt mean they arent concerned and Gov. Peter Shumlin called for a a full and complete investigation of this incident. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont noted that the discovery is beyond hackers having electronic joy ridesthis is now about trying to access utilities to potentially manipulate the grid and shut it down in the middle of winter.

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Its far from clear when the malware entered the computer and what the intent of the hackers might have been. They could have wanted to disrupt operations, sure, but also may have simply wanted to know whether a breach was possible. An unnamed source tells Reuters the whole thing could be the result of a much less nefarious episode, such as visiting a questionable website, meaning its possible Russian hackers werent directly involved at all.

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Events like this one, whether fake or real are likely to impact diplomatic relations between countries and industries like international business and tourism between countries.  Computer hacking and fake news, both, are bound to have huge impact on trade, tourism and diplomacy.

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[Educator-Gold] NEWS: FAKE NEWS : ENERGY ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS : ENERGY ELECTRIC POWER GRIDS : COMPUTER: HACKING AND HACKERS : COUNTRIES: RUSSIA : COUNTRIES: UNITED STATES: STATES: VERMONT : FAKE NEWS : INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DIPLOMACY: Russian Operation Hacked a Vermont Utility, Showing Risk to U.S. Electrical Grid Security, Officials Say (PART TWO)

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