Security company: Russians hacked company data related to the Ukraine scandal


A US cyber security company announced on Tuesday that Russian military agents had penetrated the Ukrainian gas company, the focus of the scandal that led to an investigation paving the way to isolate US President Donald Trump.

This came in a report, published by “Area One Security”, a company specialized in email security, based in Silicon Valley in California, according to the “Associated Press” agency.

The company said, that Russian customers launched a phishing campaign (a scheme to obtain confidential information) in early November 2019, to steal the login data of the employees of the company “Borisma Holdings”, for the gas.

Hunter Biden (son of the former US Vice President, potential Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential presidencies, Joe Biden) had previously served on the Borisima board of directors.

It was unclear what the pirates were looking for, or perhaps they got, Oren Falkwitz, chief executive of Area One Security, described the report’s findings as “conclusive.”

The Associated Press, for its part, suggested that the timing of the operation indicated that Russian agents “may be searching for material harmful to the Biden family.”

In a previous interview, with the Associated Press, Falkwitz, a former systems penetrator, at the National Security Agency, said that over the past few months “the most prominent presidential and congressional candidates in the 2020 race, each with about a thousand e-mails, have been targeted.”

According to the US agency, Russian pirates from the same Military Intelligence Unit that the company said they were behind to target “Borisma”, had been accused of hacking emails from the National Democratic Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief during the 2016 presidential race.

The House of Representatives, led by Democrats, is investigating allegations that Trump has abused his presidential power by pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation against one of his political opponents.

The basis of the case is due to a phone conversation on July 25, 2019, during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky to “care” about the order of Joe Biden, the candidate to face Trump in the race to the White House in 2020.

Trump rejects the accusations, says it is a “chase campaign” and an attempted “coup against him,” and vows to avenge the Democrats in next year’s elections.


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