Russians Hacked Burisma

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Russia, if you are listening...



Russians Hacked Ukrainian Gas Company at Center of Impeachment

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/13/us/politics/russian-hackers-burisma-ukraine.html

  • Jan. 13, 2020, 6:35 p.m. ET

With President Trump facing an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, Russian military hackers have been boring into the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the affair, according to security experts.

The hacking attempts against Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, began in early November, as talk of the Bidens, Ukraine and impeachment was dominating the news in the United States.

It is not yet clear what the hackers found, or precisely what they were searching for. But the experts say the timing and scale of the attacks suggest that the Russians could be searching for potentially embarrassing material on the Bidens — the same kind of information that Mr. Trump wanted from Ukraine when he pressed for an investigation of the Bidens and Burisma, setting off a chain of events that led to his impeachment.

The Russian tactics are strikingly similar to what American intelligence agencies say was Russia’s hacking of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman and the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential campaign. In that case, once they had the emails, the Russians used trolls to spread and spin the material, and built an echo chamber to widen its effect.

Then, as now, the Russian hackers from a military intelligence unit known formerly as the G.R.U., and to private researchers by the alias “Fancy Bear,” used so-called phishing emails that appear designed to steal usernames and passwords, according to Area1, the Silicon Valley security firm that detected the hacking. In this instance, the hackers set up fake websites that mimicked sign-in pages of Burisma subsidiaries, and have been blasting Burisma employees with emails meant to look like they are coming from inside the company.

The hackers fooled some of them into handing over their login credentials, and managed to get inside one of Burisma’s servers, Area1 said.

“The attacks were successful,” said Oren Falkowitz, a co-founder of Area1, who previously served at the National Security Agency. Mr. Falkowitz’s firm maintains a network of sensors on web servers around the globe — many known to be used by state-sponsored hackers — which gives the firm a front-row seat to phishing attacks, and allows them to block attacks on their customers.

“The timing of the Russian campaign mirrors the G.R.U. hacks we saw in 2016 against the D.N.C. and John Podesta,” the Clinton campaign chairman, Mr. Falkowitz said. “Once again, they are stealing email credentials, in what we can only assume is a repeat of Russian interference in the last election.”

The Justice Department indicted seven officers from the same military intelligence unit in 2018.

The Russian attacks on Burisma appear to be running parallel to an effort by Russian spies in Ukraine to dig up information in the analog world that could embarrass the Bidens, according to an American security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence. The spies, the official said, are trying to penetrate Burisma and working sources in the Ukrainian government in search of emails, financial records and legal documents.

Neither the Russian government nor Burisma responded to requests for comment.

American officials are warning that the Russians have grown stealthier since 2016, and are again seeking to steal and spread damaging information and target vulnerable election systems ahead of the 2020 election.

In the same vein, Russia has been working since the early days of Mr. Trump’s presidency to turn the focus away from its own election interference in 2016 by seeding conspiracy theories about Ukrainian meddling and Democratic complicity.

The result has been a muddy brew of conspiracy theories that mix facts, like the handful of Ukrainians who openly criticized Mr. Trump’s candidacy, with discredited claims that the D.N.C.’s email server is in Ukraine and that Mr. Biden, as vice president, had corrupt dealings with Ukrainian officials to protect his son. Spread by bots and trolls on social media, and by Russian intelligence officers, the claims resonated with Mr. Trump, who views talk of Russian interference as an attack on his legitimacy.

With Mr. Biden’s emergence as a front-runner for the Democratic nomination last spring, the president latched on to the corruption allegations, and asked that Ukraine investigate the Bidens on his July 25 call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. The call became central to Mr. Trump’s impeachment last month.

The Biden campaign sought to cast the Russian effort to hack Burisma as an indication of Mr. Biden’s political strength, and to highlight Mr. Trump’s apparent willingness to let foreign powers boost his political fortunes.

“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,” said Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign.

“Now we know that Vladimir Putin also sees Joe Biden as a threat,” Mr. Bates added. “Any American president who had not repeatedly encouraged foreign interventions of this kind would immediately condemn this attack on the sovereignty of our elections.”

The corruption allegations hinge on Hunter Biden’s work on the Burisma board. The company hired Mr. Biden while his father was vice president and leading the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy, including a successful push to have Ukraine’s top prosecutor fired for corruption. The effort was backed by European allies.

The story has since been recast by Mr. Trump and some of his staunchest defenders, who say Mr. Biden pushed out the prosecutor because Burisma was under investigation and his son could be implicated. Rudolph W. Giuliani, acting in what he says was his capacity as Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, has personally taken up investigating the Bidens and Burisma, and now regularly claims to have uncovered clear-cut evidence of wrongdoing.

The evidence, though, has yet to emerge, and now the Russians appear to have joined the hunt.

Area1 researchers discovered a G.R.U. phishing campaign on Ukrainian companies on New Year’s Eve. A week later, Area1 determined what the Ukrainian targets had in common: They were all subsidiaries of Burisma Holdings, the company at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment. Among the Burisma subsidiaries phished were KUB-Gas, Aldea, Esko-Pivnich, Nadragas, Tehnocom-Service and Pari. The targets also included Kvartal 95, a Ukrainian television production company founded by Mr. Zelensky. The phishing attack on Kvartal 95 appears to have been aimed at digging up email correspondence for the company’s chief, Ivan Bakanov, whom Mr. Zelensky appointed as the head of Ukraine’s Security Service last June.

To steal employees’ credentials, the G.R.U. hackers directed Burisma to their fake login pages. Area1 was able to trace the look-alike sites through a combination of internet service providers frequently used by G.R.U.’s hackers, rare web traffic patterns, and techniques that have been used in previous attacks against a slew of other victims, including the 2016 hack of the D.N.C. and a more recent Russian hack of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“The Burisma hack is a cookie-cutter G.R.U. campaign,” Mr. Falkowitz said. “Russian hackers, as sophisticated as they are, also tend to be lazy. They use what works. And in this, they were successful.”

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althea_gw

Longing for the good old days ....

https://twitter.com/27khv/status/1216867229633064962


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chipotle



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Jeanne Munsterman

Maybe it's not what they were digging out, but what they were adding in-------?

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chipotle

That's a given.

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HU-885118952

Let's say worst case scenario for Biden, they find Hunter's job was predicated upon easier US influence and funding AND its verified...what happens next?

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margaritadina

''to EMBARASS Biden'' ?

Biden is quid-pro-quo criminal.

And Russians have it all now. I am sure it's an interesting read ))) We will also know more about other folks if they decide to release data.

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mudhouse

I don't know about the rest of you, I'm gonna need another bulletin board, more thumbtacks, and a lot more red string to keep this all straight.

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HU-885118952

Beautiful mind, mudhouse.

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Delilah66

Yes, margaritadina, the same kind of information that Mr. Trump wanted from Ukraine when he pressed for an investigation of the Bidens and Burisma, setting off a chain of events that led to his impeachment.

Now if we could just find the "transcript" of the phone call Putin made to trump: "I get information you want on Biden. You give number one daughter and one golf resort."

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catkinZ8a

Carlos Slim's fishwrap, lol.

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Delilah66

with cheeze, pleeze.

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Kathy

I suppose if the IRS was hacked and they get Trump’s taxes that would be okay? Why is this celebrated by the Reps?

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elvis

Who said it was, besides you?

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Joaniepoanie

Trump perceives Biden as a threat and apparently so does Putin. And it’s about the smear, not any actual crime they say happened. If Trump felt Oprah Winfrey was a threat he would stop at nothing to hatch a smear campaign against HER. He knows his followers will believe the smear without question, research, or critical thinking.

Trump knows he can’t win without foreign intervention and he publicly invites them to do whatever is necessary to accomplish that as well as bribe and threaten privately. Russia hacking Burisma out in the open at Trump’s bidding says it all and is further evidence this corrupt president should be convicted in the Senate and removed from office.

Does anyone believe that Russia is not capable of hacking into our voting machines and changing votes?

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HU-885118952

The truth is...

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dandyfopp

Obvious.

Russia is interfering in our election, Donnie welcomes it because he hopes it will benefit him as it did in 2016.

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HU-885118952

The NYT gets 'em wound up every time.

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HU-885118952

So Burisma fell for the same phishing attack that the DNC and Podesta fell for.

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Kathy

Russia can leak info and add to it whatever they think will hurt Biden. They are doing the same thing they did to Hillary while McConnell and Trump are allowimg it.

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catkinZ8a

Joe needs no help.



joebiedninfo.com

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Zeus


mudhouse

I don't know about the rest of you, I'm gonna need another bulletin board, more thumbtacks, and a lot more red string to keep this all straight.

————

Are you denying the Information breach occurred? Or that the Russian gov’t was behind the breach? Do you deny an NSA alert in October 2019 that the Russians are at it again? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/us/politics/russia-hacking-disinformation-election.html

Regardless, I can understand why you are running short on your conspiracy tracking supplies.

trump conspiracy theories

*Questions about Ted Cruz's father's potential ties to President John F. Kennedy's assassin.

*Questions about President Obama's birth certificate.

*Questions about a former Bill Clinton aide's suicide

*Questions about whether Syrian refugees are ISIS terrorists.

*Questions about whether an ISIS-linked terrorist attempted to charge at Trump on stage.

*Questions about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death.

*Questions about whether childhood vaccines cause autism.

*Questions about whether Muslims in New Jersey were cheering after 9/11.

*Questions about whether wives of 9/11 hijackers fled to Saudi Arabia before the attacks.

*Questions about the legitimacy of climate change

*Questions about whether asbestos is a "great con."

*Questions about Marco Rubio's presidential eligibility

*Questions about Fox News being owned by a Saudi billionaire.

*Questions about the legitimacy of the "Access Hollywood" tape.

*Claims that Joe Scarborough killed one of his interns.

*Claims that Obama had wiretapped Trump's phone.

*Claims that voter fraud in the 2016 election cost him the popular vote.

*Claims 3,000 people didn't die in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and that Democrats inflated the death toll.

*Claims windmills cause cancer.

*Claims the Clintons killed Jeffrey Epstein.

*Claims former vice president Joe Biden was corrupt in his dealings with Ukraine during the Obama administration.

*Claims a cybersecurity company named Crowdstrike framed Russia for election interference.

*Claims Ukraine may be hiding Hillary Clinton's missing emails.

https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-conspiracy-theories-2016-5#claims-a-cybersecurity-company-named-crowdstrike-framed-russia-for-election-interference-23






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lurker111

Russians Hacked Burisma

100% nonsense. This is just an attempt to cover for the bidens. Never happened. Just another crat coverup story. The first sentence is a flat out lie...or a confession. The rest of the article is just as bad.

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Delilah66

Good gosh Zeus. Someone’s going to get tripped up in that tangled web. Question: should we use different colored pin/strings depending on the countries involved or depending on the phases of the moon?

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lurker111

Good gosh Zeus. Someone’s going to get tripped up in that tangled web.

Doubtful.

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Delilah66

dance, twinkletoes, dance


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vgkg (Va Z-7)

Russians Hacked Burisma? It could have been the same 400 lb guy in his parents basement.

"I'm gonna need another bulletin board, more thumbtacks, and a lot more red string to keep this all straight."

No need for another bulletin board, just remove and recycle all of the thumbtacks and red strings from your Uranium One board.

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chipotle

And your Clinton Foundation board, and your private email server board and your Benghazi board, and your Whitewater board, and all of your other trumped up scandal boards.

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lurker111

Russians Hacked Burisma?

Translation...The crats hacked Burisma

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Annie Deighnaugh

Thanks Zeus...I'd forgotten some...

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Annie Deighnaugh

The thing is the russians were so bold as to use the same methods and even names as they did in the DNC attack. So they *want* us to know it's them and they are thumbing their noses at us saying they *know* we can't stop them...at least not with trump at the helm, seeing as he's on their side.

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Joaniepoanie

Could the right and their endless conspiracy theories get any more stupid? They continue believing nonsense even after it’s been debunked. I’ll bet they still believe in Pizzagate.

Do they not get that if there really was evidence of wrongdoing on the Bidens this administration for sure would have already prosecuted him? And how come Trump didn’t talk about the alleged Biden crimes until Joe announced his candidacy and became the Dem frontrunner? It’s Trump’s stock in trade—-throw any cockamamie crap out there, repeat it 8 million times, sow the seeds of doubt in some while his followers believe it hook, line and sinker without question.

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adoptedbyhounds

"So they *want* us to know it's them and they are thumbing their noses at us saying they *know* we can't stop them...at least not with trump at the helm, seeing as he's on their side."

What a shocker! As you helpfully illustrated in your post, Annie, Dems and the Russians are on the same page.

Russia wants everybody to "know" Trump works for Russia, and that he's "on their side." And as we are all aware, Dems have been peddling the very same message for over three years!

Any idea how long Dems, our IC, and RUSSIA have been conspiring against President Trump, even using some of the same language?

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dandyfopp

Time out-- the IC is good again, remember?

Carry on whistling past the grave yard.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Dems have been peddling the very same message for over three years!

Yes, because it's still true...it was then and it is now. The facts are indisputable, and you've got trump publicly, multiple times, seeking and saying he'd accept help from foreign govt's to tank his political enemies. He hasn't changed his message, the interfering govt's haven't changed their MO and our election and national sovereignty is still at risk. So yeah, the message is the same. The only difference is the evidence keeps piling up.

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Ziemia(6a)

That IC is who Trump used recently to back him up.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Any idea how long Dems, our IC, and RUSSIA have been conspiring...

Yeah, that's an easy one. They haven't. It's such a silly question when it's very clear the russians *want* trump to continue his presidency. Why on earth would the dems conspire with them? To help trump win?

If you believe that dems are conspiring with russia, you have to believe that they are working with russian agents who are working with trump's personal lawyer, giuliani, to try to dig up dirt on biden to tank his election chances?? How does that even make sense on its face? That somehow the dems are entrapping trump to get him to illegally hold up payments to ukraine to strong arm them into making up dirt on biden?

If it doesn't make sense, it's not true. And that sure as heck doesn't make sense.

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Delilah66

"your Whitewater board"

chipotle, ixnay on the waterboarday. Bush, ya know.

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margaritadina

''

Delilah66

Yes, margaritadina, the
same kind of information that Mr. Trump wanted from Ukraine when he
pressed for an investigation of the Bidens and Burisma, setting off a
chain of events that led to his impeachment.

Now if we could just find the "transcript" of the phone call Putin
made to trump: "I get information you want on Biden. You give number one
daughter and one golf resort."

''

Come back to us when you find it.

''

Annie Deighnaugh... dig up dirt on biden to
tank his election chances??

''

The guy doesn't know what state he is in, mixes up real stories with imaginary, tells coal miners to start coding...he doesn't need any enemies, he sunk all by himself.


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vgkg (Va Z-7)

Do like Hannity and go Hi-Tech......he was high alright.

Hillary should sue fox news for every cent it has, just one of many now defunct fox charts over the years.


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adoptedbyhounds

It's your assertion, Annie, that Russia wants everybody to "know" Trump works for Russia, and that he's "on their side."

I merely pointed out that Dems and the Russians have both been peddling that message for the past three years. And you agreed.

"Yes, because it's still true...it was then and it is now."

Makes perfect sense, when Dems and the Russians both seek a weakened American president so that he can be removed from office, regardless of what the American people want.

Can't get any more authoritarian than that. To hell with the American electorate. Nancy will be delivering her "impeachment articles" tomorrow in the continuing Dem effort to undo the election.


"That IC is who Trump used recently to back him up."

Ummm, Zemia, the IC refers the US Intelligence Community, past and present. The folks John Durham has been chatting with.

Perhaps you thought "IC" referred to one of our Inspectors General? That would be an "IG." Which one were you thinking of? Pretty sure it's wasn't Atkinson.

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cattyles

ABH, when you have nothing left but twisting other’s words it might be time to accept defeat gracefully.

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Annie Deighnaugh

abh, your tale doesn't even hang together, let alone it doesn't fit with the facts. One of the reasons why the dems want trump *out* of office is because he *is* a russian puppet...the same reason the russians want him *in*. russia *wants* trump to be president. They worked to get him the rnc nomination, they worked to get him a presidential win, they are working with him now to tank his rivals so he wins reëlection. And they are making it clear they will do the same things they did in 2016 because trump won't stop them.

russia doesn't want a weakened American president...they want a weakened America and trump is nailing that one for them.


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Annie Deighnaugh

abh, when it comes to what the American electorate want:

a) the popular vote went to hillary so no they didn't get what they wanted

b) trump won by cheating including using stolen dnc emails, illegally paying hush money to his chippies and getting illegal help from russia as well as the rnc getting illegal foreign contributions via the NRA...not to mention all the voter suppression efforts by the gop in many states

c) trump won the EC and he's been president for 3 years now. But just because someone wins the election doesn't mean they deserve to stay in office...precisely why the Constitution permits an impeachment...why there's another remedy besides voting someone out of office. This argument that one is ousting a duly elected president is poppycock as the *only* president who can be impeached is one who is elected. The Constitution lays out the reasons...bribery, treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors...where one's behavior is so egregious, the American people need not wait until the next election to get a corrupt president tossed out. trump sure fits the bill on all of those...and we're still learning more about his misdeeds.


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Annie Deighnaugh

Can't get any more authoritarian than that.

Actually it is by not following the impeachment process, a check on a president and his powers, that is authoritarian.

It is the president refusing to comply with the checks and balances that are built into the system that is authoritarian. The system was designed to see that no man becomes king, that no man is above the law, especially the president in whom the constitution vests so much power. But trump and his side kick barr are doing everything they can to see that trump's entire presidency is insulated from any checks or balances from within or without the administration.

And in so doing, they are defying the will of the American electorate by not only allowing, but welcoming the aid from foreign powers to interfere in that election and to see he's maintained in office regardless of the actual will of the people.

*That* is the authoritarian threat to our nation.

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lurker111

The world can read the crats like an open book. I don't think anyone was fooled with this garbage.

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Delilah66

"Hillary should sue fox news for every cent it has,"

In Virginia.

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Annie Deighnaugh

margaritadina: Annie Deighnaugh... dig up dirt on biden to

tank his election chances??

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The guy doesn't know what state he is in, mixes up real stories with imaginary, tells coal miners to start coding...he doesn't need any enemies, he sunk all by himself.

To risk impeachment by engaging in illegal activities over a political rival who has no chance to beat him? That would make trump even dumber than a post.

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lurker111

If it's illegal then why is hillary free?

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adoptedbyhounds

One of the reasons why the dems want trump *out* of office is because he *is* a russian puppet...the same reason the russians want him *in*. russia *wants* trump to be president.


And yet Annie, it's your assertion that Russia wants everybody to "know" Trump works for Russia, and that he's "on their side."

How does that message benefit Trump or Russia?

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