The US presidential campaign UU. From 2020 officially started in Russia. The military hackers of Russian leader Vladmir Putin recently launched a successful phishing campaign against employees of Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the “quid pro quo” scandal that led to the dismissal of Donald Trump.
According to a New York Times report, the Russian government’s cyber war campaign against Ukraine coincides with an effort by the Kremlin spies on the ground.
The attack was detected by the Silicon Valley security company, Area 1. Per the Times:
In this case, hackers created fake websites that mimicked the login pages of Burisma subsidiaries, and have been sending emails to Burisma employees with the intention of appearing to come from inside the company .
Hackers tricked some of them into handing in their login credentials and managed to get into one of Burisma’s servers, Area 1 said.
It is not clear exactly what information the hackers obtained. But it is logical that the Russian government wants to find everything it can to reinforce the claims of the Trump administration that the Democratic presidential candidate and the son of former Vice President Joe Biden was involved in illegal acts as part of the Burisma board.
Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Guliani, has repeatedly stated that he has evidence that Bidens did something wrong, but so far the former mayor of New York has not said so. The current conspiracy theories that involve the company and the participation of Bidens have been denied and proved unfounded.
During his 2016 campaign, the Trump candidate asked the Russian government to obtain emails related to a discredited conspiracy theory that Trump’s campaign continues to press on Hillary Clinton.
He repeated this tactic again last year after being caught requesting an investigation into the Bidens of the then newly elected Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in exchange for the release of defense funds that had already been approved by Congress. This action eventually led to his political trial.
The piracy efforts of the Russian government in 2016 resulted in the largest propaganda and social engineering campaign in history. Tens of thousands of state-sponsored agents working on behalf of the Russian government successfully disseminated lies, deception and conspiracy theories on all major social media platforms to sew discord among American citizens and influence elections in favor of Donald Trump
The 2020 campaign has already seen a return to the same tactics, however, the New York Times warns that the Russian government and its agents have become even more intelligent and “stealthier.”
Russia, openly and blatantly, carries out illegal piracy campaigns to influence US elections in favor of Trump is not the only thing that comes back from the 2016 campaign.
The same bad actors responsible for the Cambridge Analytica scandal will return to work for the Trump team this year. In almost every way, the Trump campaign of 2020 is emerging as another digitally controlled campaign that is based on tricking tens of millions of voters to create things that are demonstrably false so that the accused incumbent has a chance at the elections.