Well waddya know:
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.
I, personally, am skeptical that Hunter Biden’s risotto cooking technique will hold up. Anyway, they’re running the same playbook again because why not, there’s no reason to think it won’t work again:
2/ Remember, Russia stole DNC emails and then released them right in the midst of the Democratic convention. Russia stole Podesta emails & released them 22 minutes (!!) after release of Access Hollywood tape.— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) January 14, 2020
Remember when Ken Vogel had the story that led directly to an impeachment of the president of the United States, and completely missed it because he thought he had Whitewater LXIX: This Time We’ll Totally Find the Snipe!