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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spies Invade U.S. Grid, Report Says

Russian cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The spies also came from China and other countries and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls, the newspaper said, citing current and former U.S. national security officials.

The intruders have not sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials said they could try to during a crisis or war, the paper said in a report on its web site.

The Russian Embassy in Washington denied any Russian wrongdoing.

"These are pure speculations," embassy spokesman Yevgeny Khorishko told the Journal. "Russia has nothing to do with the cyber-attacks on the U.S. infrastructure or on any infrastructure in any other country in the world."

(Reuters, MT)