Monday, January 02, 2017

That Other Hacking Accusation

Journalist Glenn Greenwald reports on the accusation by the Washington Post that Russians tried to hack an American utility in Vermont. Greenwald has a different take on the situation. He explains:

"What’s the problem here? It did not happen.
There was no “penetration of the U.S. electricity grid.” The truth was undramatic and banal. Burlington Electric, after receiving a Homeland Security notice sent to all U.S. utility companies about the malware code found in the DNC system, searched all its computers and found the code in a single laptop that was not connected to the electric grid."

A far different explanation than I've been reading in the news. It was supposedly a Russian malware code, but that's not definitive proof:

The fact that malware is “Russian-made” does not mean that only Russians can use it; indeed, like a lot of malware, it can be purchased (as Jeffrey Carr has pointed out in the DNC hacking context, assuming that Russian-made malware must have been used by Russians is as irrational as finding a Russian-made Kalishnikov AKM rifle at a crime scene and assuming the killer must be Russian)

 "This matters not only because one of the nation’s major newspapers once again published a wildly misleading, fearmongering story about Russia. It matters even more because it reflects the deeply irrational and ever-spiraling fever that is being cultivated in U.S. political discourse and culture about the threat posed by Moscow."

Yep. We'll likely be seeing more of the same. I've written here before that I believe we've been getting the same sort of thing from media for some time, although the source is often government. This time it doesn't seem to be. Sadly, I don't see an end to it in sight.


At 2:49 PM, Blogger A patriot said...

Obama is making enemies in Russia. Trump is making enemies in China.

Russian armaments and technology + Chinese manufacturing and manpower = an end in sight.

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Rick Wentworth said...

kids are trying to hack schools to improve their grades . same ones years later are trying to hack anything to lower bills , utility bills especially .
everyone is trying to hack everything and the governments around the world pay good money when they hear of a good hacker
its just what happens now

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wa post made an official retraction. Bets are on how many other outlets will share that bit of info.

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like Obama's throwing as many stink bombs as he can on the way out the door. Spiteful punk.


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