Russia-linked cyber-espionage group hacked the Ukrainian energy company Burisma at the center of the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump.
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The attack was detailed by California-based cybersecurity firm Area 1 Security in a report.
“This report details an ongoing Russian government phishing campaign targeting the email credentials of employees at Burisma Holdings and its subsidiaries and partners. The campaign against the Ukranian oil & gas company was launched by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Army or GRU.” reads the report published by Area 1 Security. “Phishing for credentials allows cyber actors to gain control of an organization’s internal systems by utilizing trusted access methods (e.g.: valid usernames and passwords) in order to observe or to take further action. Once credentials are phished, attackers are able to operate covertly within an organization in pursuit of their goal.”
In December President Trump was facing an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R.
“The timing of the GRU’s campaign in relation to the 2020 US elections raises the specter that this is an early warning of what we have anticipated since the successful cyberattacks undertaken during the 2016 US elections,” continues the Area 1 report.
It is not clear which information the hackers have accessed,
In July 2019, a phone call from Trump to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was asking him to investigate the Bidens and Burisma.
Burisma hired the Biden’s son while his father was vice president and leading the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy
“Donald Trump tried to coerce Ukraine into lying about Joe Biden and a major bipartisan, international anti-corruption victory because he recognized that he can’t beat the vice president,” said Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign.” states the NYT.
“Now we know that Vladimir Putin also sees Joe Biden as a threat,” Mr. Bates added. “Any American president who had not repeatedly encouraged foreign interventions of this kind would immediately condemn this attack on the sovereignty of our elections.”
The scheme was similar to the one allegedly adopted by Russian intelligence ahead of the Presidential election in 2016, when the
According to Area 1’s report, the GRU spies hacked the servers of Burisma Holdings.
In this campaign, the GRU combined several different authenticity techniques to compromise the
“Since 2016, the GRU has consistently used an assembly line process to acquire and set up infrastructure for their phishing campaigns. Area 1 Security has correlated this campaign against Burisma Holdings with specific tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used exclusively by the GRU in phishing for credentials.” continues the report.”Repeatedly, the GRU uses
Trump is expected to stand trial in the Senate as early as this week on two articles of impeachment abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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