July 12, 2017 | Pete Williams, Robert Windrem and Tom Winter - NBC News

Feds Suspect Russians Behind Cyber-Attacks on Power Plants

Russia is suspected to be behind recent hacker intrusions at American power plants, including at least one nuclear facility, two U.S. officials told NBC News.

Investigators cannot definitively pin the new probing attacks, which did not affect plant controls, on Moscow. They haven't ruled out the possibility some other country's hackers, mimicking the Russians, are responsible for the breaches, the officials said.

Juan Zarate, an NBC News national security analyst, said that even though the intrusions were aimed at administrative systems, they send a message to the U.S.: “Back off, because we have the ability to strike you in the heart of your core systems, your networks that matter to your economy and your lifestyle.”

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