The Russian hacking scandal has been in the news a lot lately. Mostly because of the fake news coming out of places like the Washington Post who made up a false story about Russians hacking into the US power grid in Vermont.
They said, an anonymous source from the Department of Homeland Security gave them that information. Why would a transparent government need to remain anonymous is a mystery to us, but their story said the following.
"Officials said that it is unclear when the code entered the Vermont utility's computers, and that an investigation will attempt to determine the timing and nature of the intrusion, as well as whether other utilities were similarly targeted."
The problem with the story is the Washington Post included no statement from the utility company in question. So they didn't even verify the anonymous sources claim.
Mike Kanarick from the utility company, later made this statement,
"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."
So the malware was found in a single laptop that was not connected to the power grid. The malware found on the laptop is available for purchase online, meaning anyone in the world could have used it. So there is no reason to place blame on the Russians, like what the Washington Post's article said.
It's likely what happened is an employee using that laptop accessed a website that was affected with malware and it transferred to the laptop in question. Though millions of Americans read the initial story fearing the Russians were hacking into their country, five days later the Washington Post made an apologetic statement saying,
"The Post initially reported incorrectly that the country's electric grid had been penetrated through a Vermont utility."
DHS had initially leaked the story but just because the story comes from the government, doesn't mean it should be taken as absolute truth. Everything needs to be vetted.
The Washington Post took DHS's word without verifying the basic facts. That's fake news at its finest.
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