Previously, the newspaper The Washington Post announced that hackers attacked an electricity distribution network in the U.S. state of Vermont. The newspaper claimed that allegedly managed to find traces and they point to the involvement of the hacker group “Step grizzly”, which informed the FBI associated with different cyber attacks on the United States.
Company Burlington Electric has issued a statement stating that no malicious code was discovered only on one laptop which was not connected to the network ergosystem.
After 29 December, the authorities were warned about the attack, the company received from the Ministry of national security of the United States, along with other U.S. firms engaged in national infrastructure, program code for scanning.
“We quickly scanned all the computers in your system in search of characteristic traces ON the computer. We found the malware in a single belonging to the Burlington Electric laptop which is not connected with the grid of our organization,” — said in a statement.
Earlier, the Ministry of national security and the FBI issued a report which referred to two hacker attacks recorded in the United States in the summer of 2015 and spring of 2016. The document said that they had been carried out two groups of Russian intelligence services.
This campaign of the Ministry called Grizzly Steppe. According to the report, both groups have repeatedly attacked information systems governmental and research organizations, universities and corporations around the world. Both groups behind the attacks, engaged in phishing, spreading links to fake websites that mimic the websites of target organizations, as well as spreading the virus through the distribution of files employees of the target organizations.
On the day of publication of the report, President Barack Obama signed an Executive order to expand sanctions against Russia. In the sanctions list introduced six individuals, including the head of the GRU of the General staff Igor Korobov and his three deputies. In addition, under the sanctions, the United States was the FSB, GRU and three legal entities.
On the same day the state Department declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats, who have 72 hours to leave the United States. Russian diplomats also banned the use of two country residences under the pretext that the buildings are used for intelligence activities.