There has been much ado about fake news lately to discredit alternative (internet) media and to blame for Hillary’s surprising loss.
However, the prime practitioner of fake news has always been the mainstream media. Not only do they twist the news to fit progressive narratives, they make stuff up.
The Washington Post reported that Russian hackers breached a utility in Vermont. The story spread through other media outlets and politicians went public with alarm over the event.
The implication was clear. The Russians had control of the electric grid and could have shut it down causing chaos.
But it was fake. It didn’t happen. Reading deeper into the article, you find that malicious code was found in a laptop not connected to the Grid.
But that’s not spectacular enough. The Post reports “The Russians hacked the grid” because the malicious code found on the laptop was like that used in the DNC hack which was consistent with Russian hacking methods. That was enough to “conclude” that it was the Russians. No new or direct evidence was produced relating to the source of the malicious code.
Since the election of Donald Trump the creative instincts of the left have cranked it up a notch or two. Get used to fake, false, and misleading news stories.
WASHINGTON POST STIRS FEAR AFTER FALSE REPORT OF POWER GRID HACK BY RUSSIA
Story quickly falls apart after investigation finds claims to be inaccurate
From Info Wars: By Mikael Thalen – DECEMBER 30, 2016
The Washington Post reported Friday that the U.S. power grid had been hacked by the same Russian actors accused of breaching the DNC – the only problem, the grid wasn’t hacked.
According to the report, malicious “code” associated with Grizzly Steppe, the name given to Russian hacking operations by the Obama administration, was found within the system of a utility company in Virginia.
“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,” the article states.
The code, which was not specifically identified by the Post, was released by the FBI and DHS in a Joint Analysis Report (JNC) Thursday regarding the “tools and infrastructure” of the accused Russian hackers. The report provided a way for network administrators to examine their systems for malicious activity and other Indicators of Compromise (IOCs).
As the news stirred fear among Americans across social media, members of the cybersecurity community immediately questioned the validity of the report.
Matt Tait, a former member of the GCHQ, the UK’s NSA equivalent, quickly noted that attribution, or the process of discovering “whodunnit,” would almost certainly not be accomplished in less than 24 hours.
- Treat this story with a whole boatload of caution. No way a proper assessment has been done in < 1 day. https://t.co/303FDxkBko
— Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) December 31, 2016
John Hultquist, who has spent a decade tracking cyber espionage threats for both the government and private sector, noted that Russian operators had previously infiltrated the grid, making it possible that the discovered code was a “lingering infection.”
- Sandworm was found in US grid before and this could be lingering infection found with recently released info. https://t.co/uiugDGBlxa
— John Hultquist (@JohnHultquist) December 31, 2016