A Vermont electric utility found code connected with the alleged Russian hacking campaign on its network

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A utility in the US state of Vermont has said it discovered malware connected with Russian hackers on one of its systems, a day after president Barack Obama expelled diplomats and shuttered facilities in retaliation for alleged Russian hacking during the election.

Burlington Electric said it had found the malware on a laptop not connected to grid systems after the Department of Homeland Security DHS provided it and other utilities with the signatures of code used in Grizzly Steppe, the DHS term for a hacking campaign it says was organised by Russian authorities.

We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization s grid systems, the utility stated.

Vermont public service commissioner Christopher Recchia added that the malware did not pose any immediate threat.

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