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WaPo: Russian Hackers Breached the U.S. Power Grid!

Written by Philip Hodges

They say we should be wary of fake news. After all, it can have “real-world consequences,” as Hillary Clinton said after that guy walked into a D.C. pizza joint to “investigate” an elite pedophile ring.

The latest fake news is brought to us by the Washington Post, the same publication – along with the New York Times – that allegedly received leaks from anonymous intelligence officials that supposedly linked Russia to the hacking of the DNC’s and John Podesta’s computers, for the purpose of enabling Trump to win the election. It’s also the same publication that started the whole “sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign” scare regarding “fake news.” Even now, there has been little to no evidence presented, and the mainstream media’s retort to every criticism is something like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa! You don’t trust our own intelligence agencies? You’re a conspiracy theorist! And a traitor!” 

The Post reported that Russia had hacked into the U.S. power grid. Initially, their headline read, “Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through utility in Vermont, officials say.” According to their report:

A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials.

While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a security matter, the discovery underscores the vulnerabilities of the nation’s electrical grid. And it raises fears in the U.S. government that Russian government hackers are actively trying to penetrate the grid to carry out potential attacks.

After the shocking story made the rounds at the big media networks, fomenting more fear towards Russia, it was revealed that the story was a bit sensationalized.

As it turns out, the truth was that a company laptop had been hacked, but this laptop had no access to the power grid. The Post now has this Editor’s Note at the very bottom of the article:

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far. The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid.

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