FBI under hacker attack: online portal compromised
Tens of thousands of people have received fake emails during the days of last Friday and Saturday, which are assumed to come from Federal Bureau of Investigation, after some hackers managed to compromise an online portal run by the FBI. The hackers used a small flaw in the system to temporarily gain access to the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) and send a series of emails from what appears to be a legitimate FBI email address.
FBI in the sights of hackers
Once the threat was identified, the FBI took the affected hardware offline and the vulnerability was quickly secured, according to what is read in the press release published by the agency. According to what has emerged from the investigation so far, it does not appear that the hackers have been able to access the FBI files.
“The offending email came from an FBI-managed server dedicated to sending notifications for LEEP and was not part of the corporate email service,” he said. the FBI in a statement on Sunday: “No actor was able to access or compromise any data or PII in the FBI network. Once we learned of the incident, we quickly remedied the software vulnerability, warned partners to ignore fake emails, and confirmed the integrity of our networks. ”
According to screenshots shared on Twitter by The Spamhaus Project, a non-profit organization that tracks spam and other cyber threats, the bogus messages warned recipients that they were at risk of a “sophisticated chain attachment“.
Emails name cyber security expert Vinny Troia as the perpetrator behind the fake attacks, claiming to be part of the hacker group The Dark Overlord, the same actors who leaked the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black. Troy speculated on Twitter that an individual with the pseudonym “Pompompur_in” could be behind the hack. The computer scientist explained that this person tried to slander him using similar tactics before.