Yesterday the Washington Post published this article saying that some US government officials told about a group of Russian hackers had hacked the US power grid. Pretty scary stuff…to bad it’s NOT TRUE!
If the reporters had actually taken the time to call the power company that was allegedly hacked, they would have been told that the power grid was never actually at risk.
A spokesman for the Burlington Electric Department reported,
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 ORGANIZATION’S GRID SYSTEMS.
Basically the infected computer had some Russian code on it that may have came from some employee watching porn on the internet!
The Vermont Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia told The Burlington Free Press, “The grid is not in danger.”
After some checking it seems that code found can be EASILY purchased online by anybody around using the Darknet. So, while it COULD have been Russia, it also could have been anybody.
Washington Post is has become no better than tabloid journalism!