As the House Intelligence Committee held impeachment hearings last fall, members of the Russian GRU, known as Fancy Bear, successfully hacked Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company at the center of the impeachment investigation.

In an echo of the 2016 presidential election cycle where Russian hackers pilfered and released damaging emails on then candidate Hillary Clinton to influence voters to support Donald Trump, a New York Times report said the hackers used phishing to access a Burisma server, sparking concerns that they may be planning to leak information in an attempt to hurt 2020 presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Hunter was paid handsomely to sit on the board of the company.

In an eight-page report, Area 1 Security said Fancy Bear launched a phishing campaign against Burisma Holdings and its affiliates in early November 2019 as the House impeachment probe was in full swing using common techniques – domain-based authenticity, business process and application authenticity and partner and supply chain authenticity.

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