Saturday, December 31, 2016

It's getting pretty thick at the Washington Post; "Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility"

"...Burlington Electric said in a statement that the company detected a malware code used in the Grizzly Steppe operation in a laptop that was not connected to the organization’s grid systems.

The NINTH paragraph, 
the Post finally gets around to WHEN this malware entered the system. 

Oh, what a surprise -- nobody knows. 

What lazy, biased, alarmist reporting.

From The Comments

“Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) said in a statement. “This episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling.”

This is now bordering on hysteria. 

While I have little doubt about the facts presenting in the article 
it bears mentioning that we (almost) certainly engage in the same activities in other countries,
including Russia. 

From The Comments

...Another senior administration official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss security matters, said in an email that “by exposing Russian malware” in the joint analysis report, “the administration sought to alert all network defenders in the United States and abroad to this malicious activity to better secure their networks and defend against Russian malicious cyber activity.”

In the 240-plus years of the republic, 
has any other American ascended to the presidency with the stench of treason tainting him?

From The Comments

...Russian hackers, U.S. intelligence agencies say, earlier obtained a raft of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee, which were later released by WikiLeaks during this year’s presidential campaign.

The Rockettes threaten our freedom! 

Vermonters can eat and sleep just fine in the dark.

From The Comments

Obama has been criticized by lawmakers from both parties for not retaliating against Russia before the election.

Officials said Obama also was concerned that taking retaliatory action before the election would be perceived as an effort to help the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

What more do we need? How long can our President-elect stay in denial? 

If the Russians can hack our power grid, they can bring our country to its knees,
and Trump will still be tweeting snarky denials from his gilded cage.  

This s$&@ is getting real!

From The Comments

...Since at least 2009, U.S. authorities have tracked efforts by China, Russia and other countries to implant malicious software inside computers used by U.S. utilities. It is unclear if the code used in those earlier attacks was similar to what was found in the Vermont case."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-hackers-penetrated-us-electricity-grid-through-a-utility-in-vermont/2016/12/30/8fc90cc4-ceec-11e6-b8a2-8c2a61b0436f_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_electrichack-810pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.947f38d3bb02
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