According to a new report, hackers have compromised the FBI’s external email system.
The FBI claims that the one that was hacked was the public one, not one that has classified information.
It is still an ongoing situation.
JUST IN – Hackers compromised the FBI external email system today, sending out fake emails about fake cyberattacks (Spamhaus/Bloomberg)
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) November 13, 2021
FBI’s Email System Compromised, Hackers Warn of Cyber Threat
Hackers compromised the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s external email system on Saturday.
The hackers sent out tens of thousands of emails from an FBI email account warning about a possible cyberattack, according to the Spamhaus Project, which tracks spam and related cyber threats. The FBI said it, along with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, is “aware of the incident this morning involving fake emails from an @ic.fbi.gov email account.”
“This is an ongoing situation and we are not able to provide any additional information at this time,” the FBI said in a statement.
The FBI has multiple email systems, and the one that appears to have been hacked on Saturday is a public-facing one that agents and employees can use to email with the public, according to Austin Berglas, head of professional services at the cybersecurity company BlueVoyant. There’s a separate email system agents are required to use when transmitting classified information, he said.
“This is not the classified system that was compromised,” said Berglas, who is also a former assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s New York office cyber branch. “This is an externally facing account that is used to share and communicate unclassified information.”
Here is an example of an email that was sent out:
We will update this as we learn more…
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