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Washington Post Published Fake News Story About a Vermont Utility Getting Hacked by Russians

The propaganda coming out of the Washington Post isn’t even creative or convincing. It’s the type of nonsense that one instantly dismisses as the work of a lazy employee of the state. Look at this sensationalist headline posted by Washpo last night.

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Ooh, sounds menacing right? By the looks of it, the Russians were quickly working their vodka driven ways towards shutting down all of our lights, Christmas tree included. The only problem with this narrative is that it’s a complete fabrication.

Here is the statement from Burlington Electric.
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In other words, a single laptop, not connected to the grid whatsoever, had malware on it — likely from purveying porn sites, and Washpo published an alarmist story suggesting the entire grid was at risk of becoming the bitch to malicious Russian hackers. What the fuck?

After being revealed to be fake news, the cucks at Washpo changed the title of their article. This is what it reads now.

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And here’s what the democratic governor of Vermont had to say about the event.

“Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety.”

So instead of keeping his mouth shut after it was revealed that the Russians had not hacked the grid, Shumlin doubled down on a fake Washington Post story and blamed Putin himself for trying to fuck up America’s ‘quality of life, economy, health, and safety.’

Bear in mind, all of this assumes that the actions of this so called ‘GRIZZLY STEPPE’ group is actually real, actually Russian, and not actually a figment of the CIA’s imagination. This was the proof offered to the American people regarding this insidious group, led by Putin, trying to install Trump into the Presidency and then shutting off our lights.

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Long time reader of the site and real life cyber security expert, Gap, summed it up best.

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As to the actual code being used in these sophisticated attacks, they appear to be ‘made in the Ukraine’, is outdated and thoroughly shit.

Source: Zerohedge

According to some cybersecurity specialists, the code came from an outdated Ukrainian hacking tool. As RT notes, IT specialists that have analyzed the code and other evidence published by the US government are questioning whether it really proves a Russian connection, let alone a connection to the Russian government.

Wordfence, a cybersecurity firm that specializes in protecting websites running WordPress, a PHP-based platform, published a report on the issue on Friday.

Wordfence said they had traced the malware code to a tool available online, which is apparently funded by donations, called P.A.S. that claims to be “made in Ukraine.” The version tested by the FBI/DHS report is 3.1.7, while the most current version available on the tool’s website is 4.1.1b.

“One might reasonably expect Russian intelligence operatives to develop their own tools or at least use current malicious tools from outside sources,” the report says.

The second part of the analysis deals with the list of IP addresses provided by the US agencies. The report says they “don’t appear to provide any association with Russia” and “are probably used by a wide range of other malicious actors.”

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17 comments

  1. skulduggery

    On publically shaming others, as in Obama’s Russian expulsion…I don’t like embarrassing other men. Nor is it a good idea to let yourself be seen as bothered. They can still be defeated behind the scenes in private which allows them to “save face” which may be important in their respective culture.

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  2. stockslueth

    Reminds me of the Movie “The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming.” This is the sequel in the making apparently.

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  3. steve-0

    Hope Trump invites Vlad to inauguration in one last EPIC middle finger to US neocon/Establishment/MSM masters of unending disasters.

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    • frog

      LOL, so you think that Trump would cause himself no problems if he did that? Very interesting.

      And you think Trump is going to do something different from the GOP establishment?

      Time will tell.

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      • cancel19

        Frog, Trump ain’t really GOP. That’s why the GOP hates him. He used them to get elected that’s why they hate him more. If he ran Independent he would have never gotten elected. There is the Genius. He actually has more to give both “liberals” and “conservatives” alike. I’m going on believing he wants the very best for AMERICANS! That’s my humble opinion and my HOPE. America and Americans first!

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      • skulduggery

        Again, you don’t seem to understand sarcasm. That’s anther odd trend with the Left.

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  4. gappingandyapping

    Let me give you further information on how these guys will lie to fit a narrative, and this one has a stock trading twist. If you want an example of how these fucks at Root9b lie just read this old article on their false attribution of APT28 to the Russians by @briankrebs https://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/05/security-firm-redefines-apt-african-phishing-threat/#more-30967 This aligns so closely with the lies we are seeing coming out and are no doubt the work of Root9b.

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  5. ericbakerbruce

    Fly hit the nail on the head. The laptop was compromised no doubt, from the idiot employee visiting a porn site. If Russia wanted to hack a utility, they’d hack one with more than 150 customers. Fuck Vermont and all their smelly hippies.

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  6. frog

    THe WA Post does get something wrong every once in a while, and it’s big news when it does. Zero Hedge, Breitbart, Fox News, and Alex Jones get things wrong almost every time they print a page or videotape anything or have a TV show. And when they do get it wrong, that is just their normal behavior, not a big news story at all.

    The only reason this is news, is that the WA Post is at least 99% real news– as opposed to the others above that are mostly fake news.

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    • gappingandyapping

      Washington Post should never have fired their CyberSecurity reporter, the great Brian Krebs.

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    • juice

      WashPo is CIA/Pentagon mis-/dis-info propaganda fake-news central. And they have the nerve to call themselves ‘the paper of record’ … record gaffes and fake news, perhaps

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    • skulduggery

      You don’t think the subject and timing had anything to do with it being remarked about?

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  7. cancel19

    Just to think that “we” use to chastise the “Russian” USSR/CCCP communist propaganda media machine for their constant “Fake News”. And here we are the “Free Press” in the “Free World” doing the same damn thing! Watch y’all as Trump gets inaugurated, them throwing stones at everything he creates to better us, yes The United States of America! Sad but true. We may be witnessing the last days of our once great and powerful country. But I have hope! “We shall overcome”!

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    • stockslueth

      I would say that we are becoming just another banana republic but we have no bananas, just fruits and nuts.

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  8. traderconfessions
    traderconfessions

    I take comfort in knowing that our President-elect knows that computers are complicated things and that his 10-year-old son is a computer expert. Our country is in great small hands in just a few short weeks. Thank God!

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