The 'PUTIN' Impact & What He's Been Up Too For Quite Some TIME

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The 'PUTIN' Impact & What He's Been Up Too For Quite Some TIME

Post by Aspca4ever on Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:58 pm

Dec 31 2016, 1:58 am ET
Vermont Electricity Department Finds Malware Linked to Russian Hackers
by Phil Helsel
A Vermont electricity provider said it found malware linked to an alleged Russian campaign to hack political entities in a laptop, after U.S. utilities were warned about the "Grizzly Steppe" affiliated code by the federal government.
The laptop is not connected to the Burlington Electric Department's electricity grid systems, the municipal utility said in a statement. Grizzly Steppe is the name given to the Russian hacking campaign by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding," the statement said. "Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infiltrate utility systems."
The Washington Post reported earlier Friday that the code associated with Grizzly Steppe had been detected in a Vermont utility. The newspaper cited a senior Obama administration official among its sources.
The intent is not clear, but the discovery raised fears about the vulnerabilities of U.S. electric grid to cyber-attacks and whether the code is in other systems, a U.S. official told the newspaper.
Related: Trump Says Putin 'Smart' for Not Retaliating Over U.S. Sanctions
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said he was outraged at what he called the attempted hacking of the electric grid and called on the federal government to ensure it does not happen again.
"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," Shumlin 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," Shumlin, a Democrat, said.
The Burlington Electric Department said it is working with federal officials to trace the malware and protect any other attempts to get into its systems. The department is owned by the city of the same name, and serves more than 19,600 customers.
It wasn't clear when the malware entered the laptop in Vermont, but the discovery comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Russia over cyber-attacks during the American presidential election.
The Obama administration has accused the Russian government of being involved, and on Thursday issued sanctions and other retaliatory steps against Russia's intelligence services and three companies believed to have provided support to cyber operations.
The Obama administration also accused Russia of harassing American diplomats overseas, and ordered that 35 Russian diplomats be expelled from the U.S.
Related: U.S. Unveils Plan to Punish Russia for Election Hacks
The Department of Homeland Security and FBI released details Friday on the alleged Russian hacking campaign and its methods, which include "spearphishing" that use emails to trick users into clicking on links.
The agencies said the targets were not just related to the election, but also "a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities."
Our utility grid is/has been aging far faster than the profit takers were willing to keep them upgraded and secure; the 'don't fix it if it ain't broken' mentality has left this Power Grid woefully exposed and in dire need of care.
Power Plant Attack Sparks Terror Fears in Three Other Incidents  

By Todd Beamon   |    Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 09:34 PM 
A recent report about the terrifying attack on a California power plant last April has raised suspicions about other troubling cases throughout the United States within the past year, Newsmax has learned.

  • On Jan. 9, more than 7,000 gallons of methanol leaked into Elk River in Charleston, W.Va., after a spill at a chemical storage plant operated by Freedom Industries. Nearly 300,000 people were left without drinking or bathing water, some for more than a week. A federal grand jury investigation has begun into the spill, CNN reports.
  • The following week, in Manapalan, N.J., a 26-year-old man, Asaf Mohammed, was arrested after being found trapped inside a 20-inch pipe outside a storage tank at a water-treatment plant owned by United Water. The plant supplies drinking water to 40,000 customers in the township, New reports.
  • Within a month after the Boston Marathon bombings last April, seven Muslims — from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore — were arrested in the middle of the night at the Quabbin Reservoir, which provides drinking water to Boston and several other nearby communities, the Boston Herald reports. Three locks had been cut to gain access to the reservoir.

The incidents, two of which received scant media attention at the time, now have authorities and legislators worried about the possibility of terrorist acts' being committed against the nation's power grid and other utility operations.

Those attack reports follow a report by The Wall Street Journal that a sniper assault last April 16, a day after the Boston bombings, knocked out an electrical substation near San Jose, Calif. No arrests have been made in that attack.

"It does seem that we have to be awakened by a cataclysmic event before we pay attention," retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West told John Bachman in an exclusive interview Wednesday on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"We have a porous, open border," said West, a former Florida GOP congressman. "You have some bad actors coming across, but it's not just that dry-run attack against a power plant. There are also a couple of instances, in [West] Virginia and also in the Boston area, where water-supply plants, people were trying to infiltrate there as well."

In an interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday, counterterrorism expert Fred Fleitz called the California assault "a trial run for a terrorist attack."  Fleitz is a former CIA analyst and FBI agent who is now chief analyst for the global intelligence forecaster LIGNET.

"What Americans don't realize is that we now have something called a smart-grid system, where our electric grid is linked to other grids over the Internet and by computers," he said. "A major attack on one part of the grid could cause a devastating outage that could put tens of millions of Americans in the dark."

The 52-minute attack in California occurred at the Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.'s power substation in Metcalf, a community in southern San Jose. Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, said the assault was "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred."

He told The Journal that the incident may have been a dress rehearsal for a bigger attack.
Terriorist aren't always caring 'BOMBS' to hurt/destroy humans ...they've been in here TESTING/Practicing their capabilities for a few years now! Suspect

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