Washington Post Retracts Story About Russian Hack at Vermont Utility. It Turns Out to be False

On Friday American media was frantically reporting that Russians had hacked into a Vermont electric company, posing a significant risk to our nation’s electric grid.

The story was first reported by the Washington Post. This is the same Washington Post that has been obsessed with eradicating “fake news” since Donald Trump was elected president.

Just one problem.

The “Russians hacked into our electric grid” story is fake news.


The Washington Post has retracted its story about Russian hackers penetrating the nation’s electricity grid with a virus found in a Burlington, Vt., electric company laptop.

“Authorities say there is no indication of that so far [that Russians had penetrated the US electric grid],” according to an editor’s note attached to a corrected version of the story on the paper’s Web site.

“The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid,” the editor’s note read.

News of the supposed hack had set off a firestorm of recriminations, with Vermont leaders calling Russian President Vladimir Putin “a thug” earlier Saturday, after one of the state’s electric utilities found a virus on a laptop computer.

A utility spokesman has also told the Burlington Free Press the laptop was not hooked into the grid.


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