A Vermont electric utility company has confirmed that a malware code used by the Russians was found on one of the company’s laptops.
Burlington Electric immediately notified the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday to report what they had found. According to Burlington Electric, the laptop wasn’t connected to its grid system.
Burlington Electric is one of the two largest electric utilities in Vermont. The other supplier, Green Mountain Power, recently went through a safety review conducted by DHS. It was determined that Green Mountain Power’s systems are secure. However, the company said it would continue to monitor its systems and “remain vigilant.”
The Vermont Electric Department published the following statement: “Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infiltrate utility systems.” The electric company told state officials that it would fully support an investigation into the potential of a Russian hack.
Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement, “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.”
When Russia hacks Burlington Vermont’s (your college town) electrical company?
— Lindsey Robinson (@windseey) December 31, 2016
This Russia hacking is fake news. The electrical grid? In Vermont? Please, if it were true they would have hit Massachusetts and Tom Brady.
— Rich Thibault (@karatelawyerguy) December 31, 2016
H/T: Fox News
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