By Washington Examiner. Top Democratic leaders in Congress said they were caught completely off guard by a report on Russia hacking the Ukrainian natural gas company at the center of President Trump’s impeachment.
In back-to-back interviews Monday evening, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed they were only just hearing of the breach when asked by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
“I have to say, Rachel, I’m a bit distressed to see this for the first time in a newspaper report. If the intel community is aware of this, that should have been brought to our attention by now,” Schiff said.
“But I don’t find it surprising. I do find it deeply disturbing, and I would hope that maybe both parties can get out ahead of this, even if the president won’t, and condemn any Russian effort to influence the next election,” the California Democrat added.
"I have to say, Rachel, I'm a bit distressed to see this for the first time in a newspaper report. If the intel community is aware of this, that should have been brought to our attention by now." -Rep. Adam Schiff on new NYT reporting on Russian hacking pic.twitter.com/mQ7p07fQBn
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 14, 2020
The New York Times reported that security analysts believe Russian hackers from the GRU targeted subsidiaries of Burisma on New Year’s Eve as well as Kvartal 95, a Ukrainian television production company founded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The report, which notes that it is unclear what the hackers were looking for or what they may have found, does not have any immediate comment from the Russian government or Burisma. (Read more from “‘Gang of Eight’ Democrats Shocked by Russians Hacking Burisma” HERE)
Ukrainian Gas Firm Burisma Hacked by Russians in All-Too-Familiar Phishing Scheme, Cybersecurity Company Finds
By ABC News. Russian government hackers successfully penetrated the internal systems of Burisma, the Ukrainian-based oil and gas firm that once employed former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, a Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity company has found.
Area 1, the cybersecurity outfit, issued a report detailing Russian GRU phishing efforts beginning in November 2019 aimed at “targeting the email credentials of employees at Burisma Holdings and its subsidiaries and partners” in an effort to “gain control of [Burisma’s] internal systems.”
“Our report is not noteworthy because we identify the GRU launching a phishing campaign, nor is the targeting of a Ukranian company particularly novel. It is significant because Burisma Holdings is publically entangled in U.S. foreign and domestic politics,” the report’s authors wrote. (Read more from “Ukrainian Gas Firm Burisma Hacked by Russians in All-Too-Familiar Phishing Scheme, Cybersecurity Company Finds” HERE)