Russian hackers broke into the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of President Donald Trump’s debunked conspiracy theories about the Bidens that ultimately led to his impeachment, The New York Times reports.
Russian military intelligence hackers used phishing emails to fool employees at Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company whose board previously included Hunter Biden, into providing their login details. The emails redirected employees to fake websites for Burisma subsidiaries. The hacking attempts began in November and were not discovered until New Year’s.
It’s unclear what the hackers were able to access but experts told The New York Times "the timing and scale of the attacks suggest that the Russians could be searching for potentially embarrassment material on the Bidens.”
Along with the hacks, Russian “spies” are also working sources in Ukraine to obtain emails, financial records, and legal documents related to the Bidens.
Hacks “strikingly similar” to 2016 DNC hacks:
"The timing of the Russian campaign mirrors the G.R.U. hacks we saw in 2016 against the D.N.C. and John Podesta. Once again, they are stealing email credentials, in what we can only assume is a repeat of Russian interference in the last election,” security expert Oren Falkowitz told The Times.
"The Burisma hack is a cookie-cutter G.R.U. campaign," he added. "Russian hackers, as sophisticated as they are, also tend to be lazy. They use what works. And in this, they were successful."
Biden says hacks show Putin is worried:
"Donald Trump tried to coerce Ukraine into lying about Joe Biden and a major bipartisan, international anti-corruption victory because he recognized that he can't beat the vice president. Now we know that Vladimir Putin also sees Joe Biden as a threat," Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told The Times.
"Any American president who had not repeatedly encouraged foreign interventions of this kind would immediately condemn this attack on the sovereignty of our elections,” he added.