Washington Post Published Fake News Story About a Vermont Utility Getting Hacked by Russians

The_Real_Fly's picture

The propaganda coming out of the Washington Post isn't even creative or convincing. It's the type of nonsense that one instantly dismisses as the work of a lazy employee of the state. Look at this sensationalist headline posted by Washpo last night.

Ooh, sounds menacing right? By the looks of it, the Russians were quickly working their vodka driven ways towards shutting down all of our lights, Christmas tree included. The only problem with this narrative is that it's a complete fabrication.
Here is the statement from Burlington Electric.
In other words, a single laptop, not connected to the grid whatsoever, had malware on it -- likely from purveying porn sites, and Washpo published an alarmist story suggesting the entire grid was at risk of becoming the bitch to malicious Russian hackers. What the fuck?

After being revealed to be fake news, the cucks at Washpo changed the title of their article. This is what it reads now.


And here's what the democratic governor of Vermont had to say about the event.

"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."

So instead of keeping his mouth shut after it was revealed that the Russians had not hacked the grid, Shumlin doubled down on a fake Washington Post story and blamed Putin himself for trying to fuck up America's 'quality of life, economy, health, and safety.'
Bear in mind, all of this assumes that the actions of this so called Russian hacking group using 'GRIZZLY STEPPE' malware is actually real, actually Russian, and not actually a figment of the CIA's imagination. This was the proof offered to the American people regarding this insidious group, led by Putin, trying to install Trump into the Presidency and then shutting off our lights.
Long time reader of the site and real life cyber security expert, Gap, summed it up best.

As to the actual code being used in these sophisticated attacks, they appear to be 'made in the Ukraine', is outdated and thoroughly shit.
Source: Zerohedge

According to some cybersecurity specialists, the code came from an outdated Ukrainian hacking tool.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.”




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LapDogOfDeath's picture

Buckshot Yankee? Anyone? If you don't have familiarity with this, you have no ability to comment.

Putin, former KGB, anyone?  You people are idiots.

Anyone spend any time recently in the Soviet Union, er, Russia recently???? Singular focus on disinformation and hacking at the state level like it's the space race. Again, you people are idiots.

Consuelo's picture



 When you see an otherwise knowledgeable person come out slinging the 'thug' pejorative - specifically here at geopolitical rival (?), you know there is much more going on behind the scenes than the petty self-aggrandizement a clever politician is attempting to pass off as 'outrage'.    Not that the Republican party is any better on the subject of trying to stain Vladimir Putin, but Democrat party leaders really must have very little respect for the intelligence or reasoning capabilities of their constituency.

Then again, Hillary did amass quite a following, so there ya go...

While I cannot put my finger directly on the cause of this, there seems to be an almost inherent hatred of ethnic Russians and Russian nationalism and pride, by the Jewish demographic in the U.S.   Perhaps Jews of Eastern European/Ukrainian descent - I don't know, but something is rather interesting there.

Joebloinvestor's picture

You can bet the real truth will not be one of their headlines.


Wow. Just wow. The petulant little children worshipping the brown clown just cant stop their whining. The demoncraps are truly pathetic. So much for gracefully accepting defeat and fading away. These crybabys just cant handle it.

WorkingPoor's picture

Need to keep a few of them around as bad examples.


I mean, really... did anyone think that the statists would be so shook up, so on edge, that they'd be CRYING, and ON CAMERA, when they lost??

The past eight years, REAL folks had to nut it up, grumble, and continue to march...but never CRYING.


Sore losers indeed... and sore losers with power. Waning power, to be sure... And I am saying all this in a veritable cesspool of blue here.



moneybots's picture

"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."


Shumlin is parroting the word thug. McCain has used that same scripted talking point.

Son of Loki's picture

I saw that headline plastered all over Yahoo yesterday and I knew it was Fake News since 90% of the crap Yahoo prints on its "news" page is propaganda misinformation or pure lies.

roadhazard's picture

ZH can create fake news with the best of them.

Kayman's picture

Don't know if you noticed a lot of ZH headlines end with a Question Mark???????

Once WaPo and the rest of the MSM headline questions instead of purported statements of facts, let me know.

roadhazard's picture

no, ZH headers give the impression of truth. Good to know you believe ZH produces no fake news. Lets me know how astute you are

Ryan Langemeyer's picture

I have lost all respect for Vermont. First Bernie folds under the conspiracy of the Clinton campaign, and even endorses her. Now their governor is spouting rediculous Obama propaganda. 

I was (emphasis on WAS) a loyal democrat for most of my life. No more. That stopped within days of  Obama's first term as he showed his colors in selling out to Wall Street.

WTF has happened to the Democratic Party? Evweryone seems to have lost their minds. Do they not realize how rediculous they look? 









Kayman's picture

When Obumbler climbed into the back of Hank Paulson's limosine and was shown the pictures and the money, he quickly accepted letting Goldman form his administration. Started as a windbag, governed like a puppet, and ends as a whining nobody. 

JailBanksters's picture

How about the real newz about the Podesta Peadophile gang ?



SmittyinLA's picture

Not sure quoting yourself is Kosher ZH, you're not WAPO

SmittyinLA's picture

WAPO exported their bullshit to the UK/EU https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/31/russia-hacking-malwar...

Russia hacked Weiner too, they hid the code in the Salami

atthelake's picture

After the 2016 election, only a fool reads or believes WaPo.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) atthelake Jan 1, 2017 12:53 AM

Since the 1880 election, only a fool reads or believes WaPo.

There. Fixed it for you.

Cherubim's picture

We truly live in an era that we had visited once before. There is a boogeyman Russian spy under every bed. Familiar?

Google "McCarthyism" if you don't know what it means. The establishment and their media along with a good number of misguided Republicans in Congress are on a witch hunt.

Some day in the future they will look back at this time in history and wonder at the anti-Russian hysteria.

Son of Loki's picture

Anything coming out of wapo or npr nowadays is presumtively Fake News until proven otherwise.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

you slander McCarthy- he was right as history shows..the list of commies in FDR's adm is known, in Media, and spies in american nuke programs back then..oh by the way he never called out the Jews who where the main work horses for Stalin and the USSR commies of that day..like the 2 jews executed for passing on national secrets, and the 2 jews who escaped to USSR who aided them (Cohen's and Rosenberg's)- lest you deny it what backround did Marx have-- oh my he was a jew. - NYC jews made up the majority of USA fighters in the spanish civil war of 1930's..and final nail the Verona papers from Russia itself that showed how many commies in USA were helping them..

He was right.  Not that facts will change your mind, much like today's snowflakes truth is optional.

BlueSceptic's picture

Fake news about news. Welcome to 2017

A Nanny Moose's picture

Meta Fake news. I would be surprised if the pewblik edewkayted pewblikz don't buy it.

chondram's picture

I hope this "monotoring" of "fake news" by the Nazi government backfires. 

Arthur Two Sheds Jackson's picture

Who needs lights?

You can smell Liberals from miles away.

That smell of pachuli,burning storefronts,desperation,gingivitis,BO,a full diaper and dried tear streams is unmistakeable.