Home International Hackers compromise FBI e-mail system, send thousands of messages

Hackers compromise FBI e-mail system, send thousands of messages

123

Hackers compromised a Federal Bureau of Investigation e-mail system on Saturday and sent tens of thousands of messages warning of a possible cyberattack.

File picture: Reuters/Steve Marcus

HACKERS compromised a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) e-mail system on Saturday and sent tens of thousands of messages warning of a possible cyberattack, according to the agency and security specialists.

Fake e-mails appeared to come from a legitimate FBI e-mail address ending in @ic.fbi.gov, the FBI said in a statement.

Although the hardware impacted by the incident “was taken offline quickly upon discovery of the issue”, the FBI said, “This is an ongoing situation.”

The hackers sent tens of thousands of e-mails warning of a possible cyberattack, threat-tracking organisation Spamhaus Project said on its Twitter account.

A copy of an e-mail posted by Spamhaus on Twitter showed a subject line of “Urgent: Threat actor in systems” and appeared to end with a sign-off from the Department of Homeland Security.

The FBI is part of the Department of Justice.

Bloomberg News reported the incident on Saturday.

Both the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are aware of the incident, the FBI statement said.

This is a developing story.

– REUTERS

Previous articleNational Arts Council CEO, CFO charged for alleged mismanagement of funds meant for struggling artists
Next articleUN climate agreement clinched after late drama over coal