Russia is said to have hacked into the database of an energy company that has been instrumental in the Trump Ukraine scandal. It seems Kremlin is once again being roped in to swing the Trump influence. The forthcoming US elections are definitely on agenda.
It has been proven, in so simple words, that indeed, Russia had employed a long term strategy to influence the decision of American voters that led to Trump’s victory in 2016. News has now been out that Russia indeed worked years ahead to establish deep, authenticated, long-term identities for individuals and groups within specific communities to influence the voters’ minds. This (surely) was underlaid by establishing servers and VPNs based in the US to mask the location of the individuals involved.
This time, it is the Russian military hackers who have been put to the task of hacking into Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden had served. The attempts to do so began in as early as November 2019. The effort became more intensive as the US political scene started to heat up with conversations moving around Bidens, Ukraine and impeachment charges against Mr. Donald Trump.
The Russian Military intelligence (GRU) made use of fictitious websites that aped the look of the websites that the company employees used daily. It has also been reported that this is not the first time that Burisma Holdings has been hacked by Russian cyber hackers. Apparently, Russian hackers have been eyeing and hacking various Ukrainian company websites in the past as well.
While it has not been reported to the level of damage done by the Russian hackers, it is being said that the way the company’s systems are being probed resembles closely the Russian efforts it made in 2016 to destabilize the US election.
An online security firm Area 1 has been roped in to investigate the level of damage. They have presented a preliminary report which states that “The timing of the GRU’s campaign in relation to the 2020 U.S. elections raises the spectre that this is an early warning of what we have anticipated since the successful cyberattacks undertaken during the 2016 U.S. elections.”
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