Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of binary code are seen in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.
Energy company Burisma Holdings Ltd was at the center of attempts by U.S. President Donald Trump last July to pressure Ukrainian authorities to announce an investigation into the Bidens for purported corruption, an effort that has led to the Republican being impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Area 1 Security said in its report that the targeting of a Ukrainian company by the GRU is not particularly novel, but "it is significant because Burisma Holdings is publicly entangled in US foreign and domestic politics". "The GRU has also been linked to the targeting of European foreign ministries and defense agencies, campaigns for the 2018 USA midterm elections, FIFA, and Westinghouse". 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 Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A source close to Burisma told Reuters the company's website had been subject to multiple break-in attempts over the past six months but did not provide further details.
It was not clear what the hackers were looking for or may have obtained, said Area 1's CEO, Oren Falkowitz, who called the findings "incontrovertible" and posted an eight-page report.More news: Nick Kyrgios explains Rafael Nadal ‘insight’ ahead of potential ATP Cup battle
Burisma employed the vice president's son Hunter Biden as a board member in May 2014. A leak of stolen data could potentially affect the impeachment process and USA electoral contest.
Publicly available domain registration records examined by Reuters show that the hackers created the decoy domains between November 11, the day before U.S. Democrats began their first public impeachment hearings, and December 3, the day before the House Judiciary Committee took up the issue. Hunter Biden stopped working with the company in 2019.
Area 1 said its researchers connected the phishing campaign targeting Burisma to an effort earlier previous year that targeted Kvartal 95, a media organization founded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
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 specializes in email security.
Russian hackers successfully infiltrated emails of employees at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company, according to a USA security firm.
In the report, Falkowitz said the GRU agents used fake, lookalike domains that were created to mimic the sites of real Burisma subsidiaries. Area 1 co-founder Blake Darche said unpublished data gathered by his firm linked the operation to a specific officer in Moscow, whose identity he was unable to establish.More news: Abby Huntsman Announces She’s Quitting As Co-Host of The View
Twelve people said to be members of the GRU were indicted in 2018 by us prosecutors in connection with the hacking of Democratic organizations and the campaign of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
The cybersecurity researchers said the operation targeting Burisma used tactics, techniques and procedures that GRU agents had used repeatedly in other phishing operations.
Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm, is at the heart of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
According to the American cybersecurity specialists cited by the media outlet, the style of the Burisma attack is similar to that used during a 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Russian Federation and its purported cyber-geeks have been blamed, without proof, for interfering in the USA presidential election, meddling in Brexit, the Catalonia independence vote and numerous other political processes around the globe.
Joe Biden id among those running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
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