Russian Hackers Breach US Utility Networks via Trusted Vendors

By [email protected] Russian hackers obtained access to the U.S. electric grid last year by penetrating the networks of key vendors that service power companies, homeland security officials said in a Monday briefing.

Officials said that hackers working for Russia could have caused blackouts in a long-running campaign to get inside U.S. electric utility control rooms, the Wall Street Journal was first to report.

Jonathan Homer, chief of industrial-control-system analysis for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said that attackers “got to the point where they could have thrown switches” and disrupted the grid.

The attacks surfaced in the spring of 2016 and continued throughout

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