Russian hackers are able to disrupt the operation of computers, responsible for the power grid of American cities. This writes the Washington Post, citing a report of the company Dragos, specializing in computer security.
The experts came to the conclusion that the created by Russian malware CrashOverride will be able to turn off the power for a period of from several hours to several days.
According to computer analysts, the Russian has allegedly tested his virus on the energy system of Ukraine, leaving about 225 thousand inhabitants of the country without electricity.
Experts believe that now after a small modification of the program Russians can use it in the attack on the US power grid.
In December 2015 the Ukrainian company “Prykarpattyaoblenergo” have reported large-scale power outage in the region. In particular, without electricity then left the Central part of Ivano-Frankivsk and Kolomyia, Kola, Dolyna, Kosiv, Tysmenitsky, Nadvirnyansky districts and Yaremche area. The company said that the cause of the scale of the accident was “probable interference of unauthorized persons in the work of telemechanics, automatic control systems and energy management”.
Russia has repeatedly accused of meddling in the US presidential election with the help of hackers. They allegedly kidnapped the correspondence of the Democrats, and later posted on the Internet. U.S. intelligence agencies have described these actions as a large-scale operation designed to help Donald Trump win the fight for the presidency and blacken his rival, the representative of the Democrats Hillary Clinton. Moscow denies such accusations.