NEWSWATCH: “Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation” – Washington Post

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As federal officials investigate suspicious Internet activity found last week on a Vermont utility computer, they are finding evidence that the incident is not linked to any Russian government effort to target … the utility …. An employee at Burlington Electric Department was checking his Yahoo email account … and triggered an alert indicating … his computer had connected to a suspicious IP address associated by authorities with the Russian hacking operation that infiltrated the Democratic Party. … traffic with this particular address is found elsewhere in the country and is not unique to Burlington Electric, suggesting the company wasn’t being targeted …. it is possible that the traffic is benign, since this particular IP address is not always connected to malicious activity. … The Post initially reported incorrectly that the country’s electric grid had been penetrated through a Vermont utility. After Burlington Electric released its statement … that the … laptop had not been connected to the grid, The Post … corrected its article and … added an editor’s note …. U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the laptop. … have found on the device a package of software tools commonly used by online criminals … known as Neutrino … [that] not appear to be connected with Grizzly Steppe …

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