US-Russia tensions rise as malware found at Vermont electric utility

  • Burlington electric department says it found code
  • New York compound allegedly linked to Russian intelligence is evacuated

A day after Barack Obama announced tough new sanctions over what intelligence agencies believe to be Russian attempts to influence the presidential election in favour of Donald Trump, US officials said computer code linked to Russian-sponsored hackers had been detected in a computer at a Vermont electric utility.

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Russian malware detected in US electricity grid – report

Code found within system of a Vermont electric utility was not used to disrupt operations but represents potentially serious vulnerability

A malware code associated with Russian hackers has reportedly been detected within the system of a Vermont electric utility.

The Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, US officials told the Washington Post, but penetration of the nation’s electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.

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Facebook temporarily bans author after he calls Trump fans ‘nasty fascistic lot’

Temporary ban of Kevin Sessums, well known for celebrity profiles and memoirs, is latest example of social media platform’s censorship of journalists

A journalist was temporarily banned from Facebook after a post in which he called Trump supporters “a nasty fascistic lot”, in the latest example of the social media platform’s censorship of journalists.

Facebook “reviewed and restored” the post by Kevin Sessums after being contacted by the Guardian and dropped the posting ban.

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