By Marcos Colón
January 3, 2016
Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have discovered malware code on a Burlington Electric Department laptop with ties to the infamous Grizzly Steppe Russian hacking campaign.
The company was alerted by the DHS on Thursday, December 29, and scanned all of the machines on their network for the malware signature, according to a statement on Burlington Electric’s website.
“We detected suspicious Internet traffic in a single Burlington Electric Department computer not connected to our organization’s grid systems,” the statement reads. “We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal official of this finding.”
Contrary to media reports, the company made it clear that it was not hacked and that the electric grid was not breached.
The White House recently released information on the Russian malicious cyber activity, dubbed Grizzly Steppe, in addition to announcing retaliatory measures tied to the Russian election-related hacking.