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ABC News: Top StoriesABC News: Top StoriesRussian Hacking Malware Found on Vermont Utility ComputerAlleged Russian Hackers Are Among FBI's Most WantedA Look at the Russian Compounds Nestled in New York Suburb and Small Maryland Town

http://ftr.fivefilters.org/makefulltextfeed.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds.abcnews.com%2Fabcnews%2Ftopstories&max=5 http://ftr.fivefilters.org/makefulltextfeed.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds.abcnews.com%2Fabcnews%2Ftopstories&max=5 http://a.abcnews.com/images/site/abcnews_google_rss_logo.png http://abcnews.go.com/US/russian-hacking-malware-found-vermont-utility-computer/story?id=44479579 http://abcnews.go.com/US/russian-hacking-malware-found-vermont-utility-computer/story?id=44479579 <p itemprop=”articleBody”>Malware associated with Russian hackers was found on a computer belonging to a utility company in Vermont, according to the company.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>After being alerted last night by the Department of <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/homeland-security.htm” id=”ramplink_Homeland Security_” target=”_blank”>Homeland Security</a> about <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/business/technology/computer-virus.htm” id=”ramplink_malware_” target=”_blank”>malware</a> code used in Grizzly Steppe, Russia’s hacking campaign against U.S. political institutions, Burlington Electric Department performed a scan, the utility said in a statement.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>”We acted quickly to scan all computers in our system for the malware signature. We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s grid systems,” the statement said. “We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>It is unclear what the intent was in delivering the malware.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch said the discovery of the malware code is further evidence of “predatory” steps by Russia against the U.S.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>”This attack shows how rampant Russian hacking is. It’s systemic, relentless, predatory,” Welch said in a statement. “They will hack everywhere, even Vermont, in pursuit of opportunities to disrupt our country.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, also a Democrat, said, “This is beyond hackers having electronic joy rides — this is now about trying to access utilities to potentially manipulate the grid and shut it down in the middle of winter. That is a direct threat to Vermont, and we do not take it lightly.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Other utilities in Vermont said Friday that they were not impacted.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Vermont Electric Cooperative, which has about 32,000 customers said in a statement Friday, “In regard to the recent Department of Homeland Security malware code alert, VEC has no evidence of a threat to our system.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>And Green Mountain Power, which serves about 265,000, said it wasn’t affected either. “GMP did not self-report a security incident,” the utility said in a statement. “Our teams have done a complete systems check and found no security concerns. GMP was also recently thoroughly reviewed for safety by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The company will continue to rigorously monitor our system and remain vigilant.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin said his office is in touch with federal officials and the state’s utilities.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>”Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety,” he said in a statement.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>He said the hacking episode should highlight the urgent need for the federal government to “vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”><em>ABC News’ Darren Reynolds and Sarah Shales contributed to this report. The Associated Press also contributed to this report.</em></p><p><em>This article passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.</em><br />Recommended article: <a href=”https://theintercept.com/2016/12/29/the-guardians-summary-of-julian-assanges-interview-went-viral-and-was-completely-false/”>The Guardian’s Summary of Julian Assange’s Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False</a>.</p> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:25:26 +0000 Russian Hacking Malware Found on Vermont Utility Computer Malware associated with Russian hackers was found on a computer belonging to a utility company in Vermont, according to the company. After being alerted last night by the Department of Homeland Security about malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, Russia’s hacking campaign against U.S. political… http://abcnews.go.com/US/russian-hacking-malware-found-vermont-utility-computer/story?id=44479579 http://a.abcnews.com/images/Politics/GTY-Russian-Hacking-02-jrl-161229_16x9_992.jpg article en text/html http://abcnews.go.com/US/russian-hacking-malware-found-vermont-utility-computer/story?id=44479579 US http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/alleged-russian-hackers-fbis-wanted/story?id=44470746 http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/alleged-russian-hackers-fbis-wanted/story?id=44470746 <p itemprop=”articleBody”>One is a 33-year-old Russian national who reportedly usually sports a shaved head and enjoys boating in the <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/black-sea.htm” id=”ramplink_Black Sea_” target=”_blank”>Black Sea</a>. The other is a 29-year-old from <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/latvia.htm” id=”ramplink_Latvia_” target=”_blank”>Latvia</a> alleged to have 10 online aliases and to sometimes dye his brown hair red or blond.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>The two men are notorious hackers on the <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/federal-bureau-of-investigation.htm” id=”ramplink_FBI_” target=”_blank”>FBI</a>’s most-wanted cyber list who were singled out this week by the U.S. Treasury Department.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>A senior administration official said both men are “notorious cybercriminals who have been responsible for … havoc in the international financial system, including against American companies.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Evgeniy Bogachev and Aleksey Belan are not being connected to alleged Russian efforts to interfere with U.S. election processes, according to the Treasury Department, although sanctions against them were announced at the same time as sanctions against other Russian individuals and entities allegedly involved in efforts to interfere with U.S. election-related institutions.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>”As all of these actions make clear, we will not tolerate the abuse of our systems, including our election systems, by foreign actors,” the senior administration official said of the sanctions in a call to reporters.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Here is what is known about the two hackers:</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”>The 33-year-old is a Russian national whose involvement in online theft schemes has been under investigation by the FBI since 2009.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>He usually shaves his head and “is known to enjoy boating and may travel to locations along the Black Sea in his boat,” according to the FBI’s most wanted poster for him.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Bogachev has used at least five online aliases, two of which — lucky12345 and slavik — were listed by the FBI.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”>He is wanted for “alleged involvement in a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and scheme that installed, without authorization, malicious software known as Zeus on victims’ computers,” the FBI poster states.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>The malicious software was used to steal passwords, bank account information and other personal identification numbers, which were then used to steal money from victims’ bank accounts, according to the FBI.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>An updated version of that software was believed to be responsible for more than a million computer infections, which the FBI connected to financial losses of more than $100 million.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>He was indicted twice in the U.S.: in Nebraska in 2012 under one of his online aliases and in Pennsylvania under his legal name in 2014. The indictments carried a range of charges, including bank fraud, computer fraud and aggravated <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/business/technology/identity-theft.htm” id=”ramplink_identity theft_” target=”_blank”>identity theft</a>.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>A criminal complaint was issued in Nebraska after the second indictment that connected his legal name to the earlier indictment.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>His poster says the FBI is offering a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to his arrest or conviction.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”>The 29-year-old hacker is a Latvian with Russian citizenship and a Russian passport, according to the FBI’s poster for him.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>The FBI lists six other variations of his name plus five online aliases, and the Treasury Department lists an additional five online aliases.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>”He may wear eyeglasses and dye his brown hair red or blond,” the FBI poster reads. “He speaks Russian and may travel to Russia, <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/greece.htm” id=”ramplink_Greece_” target=”_blank”>Greece</a>, Latvia, the <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/maldives.htm” id=”ramplink_Maldives_” target=”_blank”>Maldives</a> and <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/thailand.htm” id=”ramplink_Thailand_” target=”_blank”>Thailand</a>” and was last known to be in Athens, Greece.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”>He is wanted for allegedly infiltrating “the computer networks of three major United States—based e-commerce companies in Nevada and California. He is alleged to have stolen their user databases, which he then exported and made readily accessible on his server” in 2012 to early 2013, the FBI says. “Belan allegedly stole the user data and the encrypted passwords of millions of accounts and then negotiated the sales of the databases.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Two federal arrest warrants for Belan have been issued, and the FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to this arrest.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”><em>Editor’s note: This article has been amended to clarify that Bogachev and Belan are not being connected to efforts to interfere with election processes. This clarification was made when ABC News received additional information from the Treasury Department about the basis for the sanctions against the two men.</em></p><p><em>This article passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.</em><br />Recommended article: <a href=”https://theintercept.com/2016/12/29/the-guardians-summary-of-julian-assanges-interview-went-viral-and-was-completely-false/”>The Guardian’s Summary of Julian Assange’s Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False</a>.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:38:07 +0000 Alleged Russian Hackers Are Among FBI’s Most Wanted One is a 33-year-old Russian national who reportedly usually sports a shaved head and enjoys boating in the Black Sea. The other is a 29-year-old from Latvia alleged to have 10 online aliases and to sometimes dye his brown hair red or blond. The two men are notorious hackers on the FBI’s… http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/alleged-russian-hackers-fbis-wanted/story?id=44470746 http://a.abcnews.com/images/Politics/GTY-Russian-Hacking-02-jrl-161229_16x9_992.jpg article en text/html http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/alleged-russian-hackers-fbis-wanted/story?id=44470746 Politics http://abcnews.go.com/US/russian-compounds-nestled-york-washington-dc-suburbs/story?id=44457023 http://abcnews.go.com/US/russian-compounds-nestled-york-washington-dc-suburbs/story?id=44457023 <p itemprop=”articleBody”>In a property on Long Island’s Gold Coast sits one of several posh homes hidden from eyes of passers-by.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Hundreds of miles away, in Centreville, Maryland, is a 45-acre bucolic retreat, complete with a 33-room house that has a vault for fur and 3,000-bottle wine cellar.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Aside from offering what appeared to be pinnacle of luxury on some of the most desired pieces of land, the estates have another thing in common — they’re complexes owned and used by Russian governmental officials.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>On Thursday the White House announced that both will be shuttered in retaliation for a series of cyberattacks that targeted U.S. political institutions during the election.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Here’s a look at the history of each of the dachas.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”>The Russian-owned compound in Maryland is a 45-acre retreat on Pioneer Point, a peninsula where the Corsica and Chester rivers merge. The luxury retreat is being shut down due to alleged <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/issues/russian-spies.htm” id=”ramplink_Russian espionage_” target=”_blank”>Russian espionage</a>, The Washington Post <a href=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/12/29/the-luxurious-45-acre-compound-in-maryland-being-shut-down-for-alleged-russian-espionage/?utm_term=.30d5bb5b6573″>reported</a>.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>As of Friday evening, <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/business/companies/google.htm” id=”ramplink_Google_” target=”_blank”>Google</a> Maps labeled the “Russian Embassy’s Country Retreat” as “permanently closed.” Google classified the property as an <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/lifestyle/health/assisted-living.htm” id=”ramplink_assisted living_” target=”_blank”>assisted living</a> facility.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Pioneer Point was the estate of former DuPont and <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/business/automotive/general-motors.htm” id=”ramplink_General Motors_” target=”_blank”>General Motors</a> executive John J. Raskob, according to the <a href=”http://findingaids.hagley.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/0473.xml”>Hagley Museum and Library</a>. Raskob is best known for building the <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/empire-state-building.htm” id=”ramplink_Empire State Building_” target=”_blank”>Empire State Building</a>.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>In 1972, the Soviet government paid $1.2 million — in cash — for two Raskob mansions to be used as a vacation spot for diplomats, <a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/1974/07/28/archives/soviet-vodka-diplomacy-works-in-a-maryland-town-paid-in-cash-a.html?_r=0″>The New York Times</a> reported. At the time, a local newspaper reported “fears of nuclear submarines surfacing in the Chester River to pick up American Secrets and defectors,” according to the Washington Post. But, the abundance of dinner parties, caviar and vodka eventually won the locals over.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>The property included 33 rooms, 13 fireplaces, a refrigerated storage vault for fur and a 3,000-bottle wine cellar. Also featured on the property were about a mile of sandy beach, a swimming pool, two tennis courts, soccer fields and a goldfish pond, according to the Times.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>The Russian occupants later added to the estate by making a deal with the U.S. <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/state-department.htm” id=”ramplink_State Department_” target=”_blank”>State Department</a>, which received two properties in Moscow in return, according to the Washington Post.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”/><p itemprop=”articleBody”>A Russian compound in Upper Brookville, New York is also being shut down, the town’s mayor confirmed to ABC News.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>The property is among of a number of homes in the posh community and a police officer and a federal agent’s SUV were seen parked at the end of the driveway Friday.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Obama expelled 35 Russian nationals and sanctioned five Russian entities and four individuals for the “acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status,” the White House said. The president said the actions “follow repeated private and public warnings” that have been issued to the Russian government, adding that they are a “necessary and appropriate” response to “efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.”</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>Russian had planned to retaliate but Putin rejected a recommendation from his foreign minister to expel 35 U.S. diplomats. It will be up to Putin to draft any retaliatory measures.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”>”We will certainly response adequately…and it will be determined in line with decisions adopted by the Russian President,” Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov told reporters.</p><p itemprop=”articleBody”><em>ABC News’ Aaron Katersky contributed to this report.</em></p><p itemprop=”articleBody”><em>Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story reported that the compound in Glen Cove was being shuttered. New information indicates it is a compound in Upper Brookville instead.</em></p><p><em>This article passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.</em><br />Recommended article: <a href=”https://theintercept.com/2016/12/29/the-guardians-summary-of-julian-assanges-interview-went-viral-and-was-completely-false/”>The Guardian’s Summary of Julian Assange’s Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False</a>.</p> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:08:55 +0000 A Look at the Russian Compounds Nestled in New York Suburb and Small Maryland Town In a property on Long Island’s Gold Coast sits one of several posh homes hidden from eyes of passers-by. Hundreds of miles away, in Centreville, Maryland, is a 45-acre bucolic retreat, complete with a 33-room house that has a vault for fur and 3,000-bottle wine cellar. 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