The FBI email system was hacked
Phoenix Net science and technology news Beijing time November 14 news, the United States local time Saturday, hackers broke into the FBI (FBI) external email system.
Hackers used FBI email accounts to send tens of thousands of emails warning of possible cyber attacks, according to the Spamhaus Project, a nonprofit group that tracks spam and related cyber threats.
The FBI said it and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency were "aware of an incident this morning involving a fake email sent using the @ic.fb.gov email account". "At this time, the incident is still developing and we are unable to provide additional information at this time." "The FBI said in a statement. The FBI is urging consumers to remain cautious and report any suspicious activity.
Unclassified email system
Austin & Middot, director of professional services at cyber security firm Blue Foy; Austin Berglas, the FBI's director of communications, said that the FBI has multiple email systems, and that Saturday's suspected breach was of a public-facing system used by FBI agents and employees to communicate with the public by email. He says when agents transmit classified information, they need to use a different email system.
"This was not a classified system," said Bagrath, a former assistant special agent in charge of the Cyber division of the F.B.I. 's New York office. "It was an external account for sharing and communicating unclassified information."
Fake emails sent by hackers
Spamhaus said the attack began at midnight New York time on Saturday, followed by activity at 2 a.m. The group estimates that spam sent by hackers eventually reached at least 100,000 email addresses.
The emails used the subject line "Urgent: Threat actors in the system" and were signed by the DEPARTMENT of Homeland Security. In the emails, the hackers warned recipients that the threat appeared to be perpetrated by cyber security experts. It's Vinny Troia. Last year, Troia investigated a hacking group called the Dark Overlord.
Spamhaus said there was no malware attached to the emails. The group speculated that hackers might be trying to discredit Mr. Troia or launch a harassment campaign to overwhelm the FBI with calls from the public.
Mr. Troia has not commented. (Author/Xiao Yu)
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