The Ukrainian gas company that is at the center of the scandal that has led to the impeachment of Donald Trump was hacked by the Russian Defense secret services last November, an American security company concludes in a report made public this Monday. The pirates launched a phishing campaign to get passwords from Burisma employees, the firm for which Hunter Biden, son of the former vice president and now presidential candidate Joe Biden, worked for years. Although the analysis does not conclude what data they found or were looking for exactly, the type of operation and the moment in which it is launched indicate that the objective was the Democrat.
Area 1 Security, the California company that has carried out the investigation, points to the Central Intelligence Department (GRU, in the old acronym with which it is usually known), also responsible division, according to intelligence and justice services of the United States, from piracy to the mail services of the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections. The robbery of the emails of the Democrats constituted one of the great legs of the interference campaign that sought to favor the victory of the Republican Trump against his rival, Hillary Clinton. Information on Hunter Biden, whose employment and high salary at the gas station was very controversial, could also be potentially harmful to the father's career at the White House.
In order to obtain the information of the Ukrainian gas company, the hackers used habitual techniques like the diversion to false web pages, identical to those that the users use habitually, in order that they introduce their usernames and passwords. "In this campaign the GRU specifically looked for the data of the emails of employees of Burisma Holdings and its affiliated companies and partners. The stolen credentials allow the GRU to disguise itself as users of specific emails and access the data contained in the email accounts", indicates the Area 1 Security report.
The firm's chief executive, Oren Falkowitz, insisted on statements to the US media that they could not conclude if the Biden were the target of this campaign, although the fact of the piracy was "indisputable."
Trump's political trial focuses on whether he used his presidential power to try to damage the electoral possibilities of the Democratic candidate and gain advantages for reelection in 2020. Specifically, the House of Representatives has accused the president of abuse of power by pressing to the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelensky, to announce an investigation into Burisma, coming to use military aid to this country – which froze for weeks without clear motives – as a currency of exchange. The president also faces the charge of obstruction to Congress for torpedoing all the investigation.
The lower house, of democratic majority, is preparing to vote this week for the transfer of the charges to the Senate, where the trial itself will be held against Trump and his acquittal is taken for granted thanks to the Republican majority. President Trump has even asked that the charges be dismissed and the impeachment trial not be held as such.