DHS: Russian Actors Infiltrated Electric Grids, Possibly Causing Blackouts


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said state-sponsored Russian actors could have infiltrated electric utilities across the U.S., possibly causing blackouts and that the campaign might be ongoing.

The Russian actors, under the shadowy groups Dragonfly or Energetic Bear, were able to break into electric networks with relative ease, The Wall Street Journal reports — although they did not confirm power outages occurred as a result of Russian tampering.

“They got to the point where they could have thrown switches” and affect the flow of power, said DHS Chief of Industrial-Control-System Analysis, Jonathan Homer.

The DHS warned that American utilities were vulnerable to Russian meddling since at least December of …

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