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Russia hacked company key to Trump’s impeachment, says security firm

Washington: Russia’s military spy agency hacked a Ukrainian gas company linked to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, a California-based cybersecurity company said on Tuesday.
Starting in November, Russian hackers launched a successful campaign to obtain email credentials of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas firm, Area 1 Security said in an eight-page report. The company surged into the headlines after Trump repeatedly requested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who sat on Burisma’s board.
“What we’ve uncovered is that the same Russian cyber actors who targeted the Democratic National Committee in 2016 have been actively launching a phishing campaign against employees of Burisma Holdings and its subsidiaries, to try to steal their email usernames and passwords,” Oren Falkowitz, Area 1 co-founder, said in an interview with National Public Radio. “Like all phishing campaigns, we observe the GRU was successful and could be use in impeachment trial.” (DPA)

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