After making claims that a “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S electrical security”, The Washington Post has changed their tune. In a new article, they admit that their facts were incorrect, that instead, “Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to the investigation.”
Of course, the second headline isn’t even an actual story. Russia not hacking into Vermont’s electrical grid is not newsworthy. Well, unless you claimed that they were responsible for hacking them, and were thus caught in the lie, which is exactly what happened.
What actually occurred was that Burlington Electric discovered malware on a laptop that was not in any way associated with the rest of their system. Due to the fact that the malware resembled malware that had been associated with the unsubstantiated government claims that it was connected to the Russian military.
If you read between the lines while reading through the government warning, it is easy to see that the statement is simple: according to them, they don’t usually blame others for malware, however, since Russia has become their scapegoat, it must be Russia who is to blame.
So, because of this overzealous assumption, the media rushed to make a headline into another hacking scandal. Unfortunately, while the Washington Post was eager to create a story out of zero legitimacy, the actual fact was a piece of malware was found on a laptop. Sadly, with all of this being said, its obvious to anyone who has the ability to think for themselves to realize that the real fake news is the mainstream media.