September 20, 2020

Russian hacker suspected of hacking Ukrainian gas giant to influence Trump impeachment case and campaign

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This week, Russian military hackers were suspected of launching a cyber attack on Ukrainian gas company Burisma, which was an important focus of the US President Trump impeachment case. The Russian government is likely to completely destroy the oil giant’s network system and get the data they want.

In fact, the oil company Burisma has been the center of two Kremlin hacks. The reason is that, first of all, the company is located in Ukraine and is one of Russia’s favorite places for various cyber attacks. And, the company is currently at the heart of the political debate in Trump’s impeachment case, which could further affect President Trump’s 2020 re-election bid. All this makes Burisma inevitably the core target of a hacker and leak operation. The attack was similar to 2016 when Russia was suspected of launching similar operations against the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign team, and its goal was to influence the US election.

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Regarding the attack, the New York Times cited the research results of cybersecurity company Area 1 on Monday and reported that a hacker group called Fancy Bear had been targeted in the phishing campaign that began in November last year. Burisma was at the center of a political whirlpool. Hunter, son of US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, has served on the company’s committee since last year, so Trump has been pressuring the Ukrainian government to launch a corruption investigation into Burisma to undermine Biden’s campaign. At the same time, the data in the report indicates that Russian hackers may have invaded Burisma at present, and the Kremlin’s next move is likely to selectively leak some important file information.