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Don't Read Too Much Into the Vermont Hack Debacle

A botched article about an attack on the power grid was bad reporting—but it doesn't mean attributing cyberattacks is impossible.
Source: Brian Snyder / AP

On Friday evening, The Washington Post reported that hackers affiliated with the Russian government had penetrated the United States electric grid by attacking a utility company in Vermont. The story was originally illustrated with an image of the headquarters of a Russian spy agency, which it alleged was behind the intrusion. Then, on Monday, the Post published a new story walking back its allegation of Russian interference. Now, it says, the internet traffic that raised the red flag may in fact have been harmless.

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