The Wall Street Journal: Vermont utility finds malware code traced to Russian hackers

A Vermont public electric utility company said it detected on one of its laptops malware that the U.S. government has linked to Russian hackers.

The Burlington Electric Department said the discovery came after utilities were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday night to a code used in the alleged Russian hacking campaign U.S. authorities have dubbed Grizzly Steppe.

“We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s grid system,” the utility said. Vermont’s largest municipally owned electric utility, Burlington Electric serves more than 19,600 customers, including the Burlington International Airport.

“There is no indication of compromise to customer information or to the security of our system,” the utility said.

An expanded version of this report appears on wsj.com.

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