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Russia’s hacking code found in US firms computer



Russia's hacking code found in US firms computer

Two days after President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies over hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election, a code associated with a broad Russian hacking campaign has been discovered.

The hacking campaign dubbed Grizzly Steppe was detected on a laptop associated with a Vermont electric utility but not connected to the grid, the utility said on Friday.

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“We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding,” the Burlington Electric Department said in a statement.

“Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infiltrate utility systems. We have briefed state officials and will support the investigation fully.”

The statement came after a Washington Post report that Russian hackers penetrated a Vermont utility.



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