Are the Accusations of Russian Hacking an Israeli False-Flag Operation?

Are the Accusations of Russian Hacking an Israeli False-Flag Operation?

December 31, 2016 by Investigative Journalist, Christopher Bollyn

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Amit Yoran, Israeli hacker, made a business out of hacking public utilities like Burlington Electric

 

“State-sponsored Russian hacking is a serious threat, and the attempts to penetrate the electric grid through a Vermont utility are the latest example.”
– Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, December 30, 2016

“Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety.”
– Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, December 30, 2016

“The only way to liberate ourselves and our nations from this madness is to expose the true source of terrorism.”
Christopher Bollyn

Today, in yet another claim that Russia is hacking crucial U.S. computer systems, the Washington Post has an article that blames Russia for hacking into an energy utility computer network in Vermont.

See: “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say” from Washington Post

The essence of the news reports that Russia is behind the hacking is that malware code that is “associated” or “linked” with Russia was found on a laptop at the company:

While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a security matter, the discovery underscores the vulnerabilities of the nation’s electrical grid. And it raises fears in the U.S. government that Russian government hackers are actively trying to penetrate the grid to carry out potential attacks…

Burlington Electric said in a statement that the company detected a malware code used in the Grizzly Steppe operation in a laptop that was not connected to the organization’s grid systems. The firm said it took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alert federal authorities.

AN ISRAELI FALSE-FLAG OPERATION?

While it is certainly possible that Russian hackers are behind the hacking at Burlington Electric, what is far more likely is that…

 

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