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Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday December 31, 2016

Russian Operation Hacked A Vermont Utility, Showing Risk To U.S. Electrical Grid Security

Malware code associated with "Grizzly Steppe," a Russian hacking operation, was found at electric utility Burlington Electric, which serves nearly 20,000 customers in Vermont. The code was found on a laptop that was not connected to their grid systems.

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 firm said it took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alert federal authorities. آ…Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said he was briefed on the attempts to penetrate the electric grid by Vermont State Police on Friday evening. "This is beyond hackers having electronic joy rides آ— this is now about trying to access utilities to potentially manipulate the grid and shut it down in the middle of winter," Leahy said in a statement. "That is a direct threat to Vermont and we do not take it lightly."