malware associated with russian hackers was found on a computer belonging to a utility company in vermont. after being alerted last night by the department of homeland security about malware code used in grizzly steppe, russia's hacking campaign against us political institutions, burlington electric department performed a scan, the utility said in a statement. we acted quickly to scan al computers in our system for the malware signature. we detected the malware in a one-way 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." it is unclear what the intent was in delivering the malware. "vermonters and al 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," democratic gov peter shumlin said in a statement. 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."