- Washington Post Disproves Claim Russia Hacked US Power Grid in New Article
Russia is not behind the malware activity at the Vermont power utility in the US, the Washington Post reports quoting unnamed officials. The article follows a correction of another report by the newspaper, alleging Moscow hacked the US power grid via Vermont.
On 30 December last year, Burlington Electric a Vermont-based power company, raised the alarm over a potential malware on one of its computers and reported the case to the authorities.
The incident happened as a company’s employee was checking his Yahoo email account, with an alert suggesting his laptop was connected to a suspicious IP address. After examining the computer, officials “found a package of software tools commonly used by online criminals to deliver malware,” the Washington Post writes citing experts.
The evidence suggests “the incident is not linked to any Russian government effort to target or hack the utility,” the newspaper reports, referring to the respective officials. The alert during the email check is “not descriptive of anything in particular,” Robert M. Lee, chief executive of cybersecurity firm Dragos is quoted as saying.
A day after the incident at the Vermont utility, the Washington Post headlined its initial story, “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility.” Citing unnamed officials, the Post alleged that the supposed hack even put the entire “US electrical grid security” at risk.