Russian Hackers Said To "Penetrate US Electricity Grid" Using Outdated Ukrainian Malware
31 December 2016
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-31/russian-hackers-said-penetrate-us-electricity-grid-using-outdated-ukrainian-malwareExcerpt:According to some cybersecurity specialists, the code came from an outdated Ukrainian hacking tool. As RT notes, IT specialists that have analyzed the code and other evidence published by the US government are questioning whether it really proves a Russian connection, let alone a connection to the Russian government. Wordfence, a cybersecurity firm that specializes in protecting websites running WordPress, a PHP-based platform, published a report on the issue on Friday.
Wordfence said they had traced the malware code to a tool available online, which is apparently funded by donations, called P.A.S. that claims to be “made in Ukraine.” The version tested by the FBI/DHS report is 3.1.7, while the most current version available on the tool’s website is 4.1.1b.
"One might reasonably expect Russian intelligence operatives to develop their own tools or at least use current malicious tools from outside sources,” the report says.The second part of the analysis deals with the list of IP addresses provided by the US agencies. The report says they “don’t appear to provide any association with Russia” and “are probably used by a wide range of other malicious actors.”
Meanwhile, that little nuance, i.e., the ongoing lack of actual evidence that Russians hacked the Vermont utility let alone the "US elections" however did not stop the Obama administration from accusing Russian government of hacking US computer networks in order to influence the presidential to justify imposing some of the toughest sanctions on Russia yet.