Russian hackers hit Burisma, Ukrainian firm from Trump impeachment

A building which reportedly houses an office of a subsidiary of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Ltd, in Kiev, Ukraine.

A building which reportedly houses an office of a subsidiary of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Ltd, in Kiev, Ukraine.Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters

Russian spies hacked into a server belonging to Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural gas company President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate over its hiring of Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, according to a report released Monday by cybersecurity firm Area 1.

The Russian Army intelligence service, known as GRU, targeted Burisma in a phishing campaign as early as November, and Area 1 first detected the hacking on New Year’s Eve.

The Russians were trying to steal user names,” and “from that perspective they were successful,” said Area 1 co-founder Oren Falkowitz, a former employee of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. “What they intend to do from there is unknown.”

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