David E. Sanger
…according to intelligence officials and executives of the companies that oversee the world’s computer networks, there is surprisingly far more effort directed at implanting malware in the electrical grid.
…American officials said it was unclear whether the attack was related to Ms. McCaskill’s re-election bid. She serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and one senior official said it was possible that the hackers were seeking a way into the panel’s access to classified military operations and budgets.
…Russian hackers went into the power plants through the networks of contractors, some of whom were ill-protected. Those contractors provided software to the utility company’s systems. Then they used “spearphishing” emails, trying to trick utility operators into changing their passwords.
Intelligence and technology officials report there are surprisingly few attempts to disrupt the campaigns of major American political figures.