NYT Reports Russian GRU Hacked Ukrainian Firm Burisma

  • NYT Reports Russian GRU Hacked Ukrainian Firm Burisma

NYT Reports Russian GRU Hacked Ukrainian Firm Burisma

According to the New York Times, purported hacking attempts were alleged to have been registered in November 2019, at the time when major US-based media outlets were consistently reporting about the Bidens, Ukraine and the Trump impeachment.

Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden was previously on the board of the firm.

In the report, he said the GRU agents used fake, lookalike domains in the phishing campaign that were created to mimic the sites of real Burisma subsidiaries.

It isn't clear if anything was stolen from the company or its subsidiaries, which were initially targeted, if any information was gleaned, and what the ultimate goal of the hackers was.

Burisma, the U.S. government and Russia's Ministry of Defence are yet to respond.

Russian agents launched a phishing campaign in early November aimed at stealing the login credentials for employees of Burisma Holdings, the gas company, according to Area 1 Security, a Silicon Valley company that specialises in e-mail security.

The New York Times first reportedabout Area 1's conclusions and the alleged hack.

In July, the U.S. Federal Elections Commission gave Area 1 permission to offer its services to candidates for federal elected office and political committees at the same low rates it charges non-profits. Area 1 says it has been tracking the Russian agents for several years. American intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned that Russian Federation is planning on following up its 2016 election interference plot with another disruptive campaign this year.

"The timing of the GRU's campaign in relation to the 2020 USA elections raises the spectre that this is an early warning of what we have anticipated since the successful cyberattacks undertaken during the 2016 USA elections", the Area 1 Security report said.

The alleged Russian hackers have repeatedly made headlines in Western media since 2016.

The discovery's timing - just weeks before presidential primaries begin in the United States - highlights the need to protect political campaigns from targeted phishing attacks, which are behind 95 percent of all information breaches, said Falkowitz. Moscow has consistently denied the accusations.

Any relationship between former Vice President Joe Biden, his son and the Ukrainian gas company Burisma has become a central figure in the 2020 election campaign and the impeachment of Donald Trump.

Trump is accused of withholding $391 million in military aid for Ukraine and a White House meeting for Zelensky in exchange for a probe of the Bidens. Hunter Biden stopped working with the company in 2019.

The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December for abusing the power of his office by enlisting the Ukrainian government to investigate the senior Biden, a political rival, ahead of the 2020 election.

Trump - the third U.S. president in history to be impeached - has denied wrongdoing, repeatedly dismissing the impeachment as a witch hunt aimed at reversing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.