Saturday, January 07, 2017

The Washington Post Needs To Come Clean About Its Russian Hacking Story Fiasco

The Washington Post Needs To Come Clean About Its Russian Hacking Story Fiasco | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis - IBD:
"When a company fails at its basic mission in a way that harms the public, and then tries to mislead the public about it, newspaper reporters can be counted on to immediately swoop in and demand that the company be held to account.
So what happens when the company in question is a major, highly influential newspaper?
Let's see.
On Friday, the Washington Post published an earth-shattering report that Russian hackers had infiltrated the U.S. electricity grid through a Vermont utility.
...This was huge news, and for good reason.
If Russian hackers, or any hackers for that matter, had found their way into the U.S. electricity grid, there would be almost no end to the harm they could cause.
Not surprisingly, the Post story spread like wildfire.
But it turns out that none of it was true.
There was no code, the grid was never at risk, and the "threat," such as it was, had nothing to do with Russia.
In fact, hours after the story posted, it was updated to note that the utility in question said there was only one computer involved — not "computers" — which wasn't in any way connected to the power grid.
Strike one.
Three days later, the story fell apart completely. 
What actually happened: "An employee at Burlington Electric Department was checking his Yahoo email account Friday and triggered an alert indicating that his computer had connected to a suspicious IP address," the Post reported on Monday..."
Read on!

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