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Russia hackers infiltrate software running vital US industries: Report

Iran Press TV

Fri Nov 7, 2014 7:32AM GMT

The US Department of Homeland Security says Russian hackers have infiltrated much of the critical infrastructure in the United States, according to a report.

National Security sources told ABC News that hackers have inserted a "Trojan Horse" malware program into a software that runs the nation's critical infrastructure, posing serious economic and security threat.

Sources told the network that the Russian government is behind the hacking effort.

The affected software controls a wide range of operations, including oil and gas pipelines, power transmission grids, wind turbines, and even some nuclear plants.

Any disruption to these critical operations could severely impact hundreds of thousands of Americans.

DHS said last week that the hacking campaign has been ongoing since 2011, but no attempt has been detected to "damage, modify, or otherwise disrupt" the compromised industries.

Late last month, the White House confirmed a "sustained" cyberattack on its computer network which lasted for almost two weeks.

The Washington Post cited sources as saying that hackers linked to the Russian government were believed to be behind the cyberattack.

The hacking effort was not initially discovered by the White House, and an "ally" made US officials aware of it, the Post said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Secret Service, and National Security Agency (NSA) are investigating the breach.


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