A Silicon Valley stationed safety agency called Area1 says it has discovered indications that state-sponsored Russian hackers have successfully hacked the Ukranian gas firm Burisma. The company has taken on a top position in US politics due to its links to Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, whose son Hunter sits on the company’s committee.
In July, President Trump asked Ukraine’s authorities to probe Burisma to find damaging information on the Biden family, allegedly threatening to withhold navy assistance to the country if the PM didn’t open a probe.
That request is at the center of the president’s ongoing impeachment proceedings and has made Burisma a tempting goal for anyone seeking to interfere in US politics.
In line with Area1, the security agency that detected the attacks says they identified phishing emails sent to Burisma workers bearing many of the hallmarks of GRU hacking campaigns.
The hackers have been successful in getting worker login info they used to gain access to one of Burisma’s servers, though it’s unclear how much data was obtained.
If the GRU is, in fact, concerned, it’s possible the group might have been looking for embarrassing information to be launched through the 2020 presidential campaign.
In hacking Burisma, the Russian hackers could be following the same playbook as what they reportedly did to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign through the 2016 election.
In January 2017, US intelligence officers launched a report outlining how that Russian intelligence services efficiently hacked the Democratic National Board and stole information that was steadily and regularly leaked to the public to assist the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump.