Well now, it appears there is actually a story in here regarding malware tied to Russia:
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Malware code linked to Russian hackers and found on a Vermont electric utility’s computer is further evidence of “predatory” steps taken by that country against the U. S., a Vermont Democratic congressman said Saturday.
“This attack shows how rampant Russian hacking is. It’s systemic, relentless, predatory,” Rep. Peter Welch said in a statement. “They will hack everywhere, even Vermont, in pursuit of opportunities to disrupt our country.”
Welch said the breach also underscores that sanctions President Barack Obama took against Russia this week were warranted. Russia, which has denied hacking U. S. systems, has been accused of interference in the U. S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.
In other news the person who used that laptop was known to prefer pornographic video of sex with goats (sarc).
First off, said laptop was apparently owned by said utility but, the utility claims at least, it was not in any way connected to any part of their network, especially the parts that actually control its operations. This leads one to wonder exactly what purpose said laptop had — perhaps it was part of a meter-reading system in a company vehicle, for example.
This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2016-12-31.