Hackers cracked into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s email system on Saturday, using it to send over 100,000 spam emails warning of a possible cyberattack, according to Reuters, citing the FBI and security specialists.
The fake emails were sent from a legitimate FBI address ending in @ic.fbi.gov, according to the agency’s statement.
It is unclear how much access the hacker or hackers gained to the FBI’s system, however the email which was spammed was a bizarre screed which references Vinny Troia – CEO of Night Lion Security, which published research on The Dark Overlord hacking group in January.
According to NBC News, the hacker signed off as the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Threat Detection and Analysis Group – which has been defunct for at least two years.
The incident comes on the heels of a number of high-profile breaches of U.S. government networks in recent months… Read more…