Hackers Snuck Into the FBI Email System, Spammed Over 100,000 Accounts

Last weekend, hundreds of individuals had been at the receiving finish of emails from the FBI after hackers managed to sneak into the company’s non-public portal. In an announcement, the FBI confirmed that folks had been receiving emails from an @ic.fbi.gov deal with and it had since remedied the state of affairs.

Ever since the world began relying increasingly on the web and computer systems for each work and leisure, cybercrime has seen a dramatic rise. FBI’s report earlier this yr revealed that as the U.S. battled the pandemic, hackers even focused monies collected to assist victims of the lethal illness. The latest goal has been the FBI itself. 

As detailed in the FBI’s press assertion, hackers had been in a position to faucet into the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) that the company makes use of to speak with state and local-level legislation enforcement companions. FBI additional clarified that the hackers had been solely in a position to entry the server that pushes notifications on LEEP and never the precise electronic mail server. FBI’s knowledge was not compromised or accessed by any unauthorized occasion. 

Further elaborating on the challenge, the FBI assertion stated {that a} software program misconfiguration allowed the hackers to entry LEEP and ship emails utilizing the FBI’s official deal with. The software program vulnerability was remedied and the FBI has confirmed the integrity of its networks. The company has additionally knowledgeable its companions to ignore the faux emails, the assertion reads. 

Although the FBI didn’t present any particulars on the content material of those emails, Gizmodo reported that the faux emails warned the recipients that they had been liable to a “subtle chain assault” orchestrated by the hacking group “The Dark Overlord” with Vinny Troia as the perpetrator. In actuality, Troia is a cybersecurity professional and his cybersecurity firm had revealed an investigative report about The Dark Overlord’s actions on the Dark Web, Gizmodo reported. 

Troia thinks {that a} Twitter consumer @Pompompur_in could also be behind the hack and tweeted this and alleged that they’ve tried to malign him in the previous as effectively. 

Gizmodo additionally reported that Pompompur_in had beforehand contacted a unique cybersecurity professional, Brian Krebs, and advised him that the hack was supposed to focus on the vulnerabilities in the FBI’s electronic mail system. 


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