Hack of power grid shows the ineptitude of the Obama administration in stopping cyber attacks

Washington Post:
Russian hack of Vermont utility shows risk to power grid, officials say

The utility detected malware code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration. The Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, according to officials, who say they aren't sure what the intentions of the Russians were.
I think the Russians' intentions could not be more clear.   At a minimum, they are exposing the US vulnerability to having the power grid shutdown without having to launch and EMP attack.  It is also likely they were practicing for just such an attack should the US ever be in a hot war with the Russians.

The "No drama Obama" administration has failed to create a coherent defense to such attacks, and its response to the alleged hacks of the DNC and John Podesta are unlikely to be seen as a deterrent to future cyber attacks on US infrastructure.  The government should develop both offensive and defensive measures to deal with these attacks.  But Democrats would rather gut defense spending and spend on vote buying schemes.

One approach to this kind of attack is to develop malware that would target those who try to hack the facilities computers.  They should also develop software that actively consumes enemy malware that is attempted to be loaded.


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