The FBI’s email system has been compromised, hackers warning of cyber threat

Hackers compromised the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s external email system on Saturday.

The hackers sent tens of thousands of emails from an FBI email account warning of a possible cyber attack, according to the Spamhaus Project, which tracks spam and related cyber threats. The FBI said it, along with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, is “aware of the incident this morning involving fake emails from an email account @ ic.fbi.gov.

“This is an ongoing situation and we are unable to provide additional information at this time,” the FBI said in a statement.

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The FBI has multiple email systems, and the one that appears to be hacked on Saturday is a public-facing one that agents and employees can use to email the public, according to Austin Berglas, head of professional services at cybersecurity company BlueVoyant. . He said there is a separate email system that agents must use when transmitting confidential information.

“This is not the classified system that has been compromised,” said Berglas, who is also a former auxiliary special agent in charge of the FBI’s cyber branch in New York City.

The attacks began at midnight Saturday in New York City with a subsequent campaign beginning at 2 a.m., according to Spamhaus. The nonprofit said it estimates the spam messages have finally reached at least 100,000 mailboxes.

The emails came with the theme: “Urgent: a threat actor in systems. The message was signed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and warned recipients that the threat actor appeared to be cybersecurity expert Vinny Troia, who last year wrote an investigation into the hacking group The Dark Overlord.

There was no malware attached to the emails, according to Spamhaus. The group speculated that the hackers might be trying to smear Troy or staged an annoying attack to flood the FBI with calls.

Troy did not respond to a request for comment. The FBI urged consumers to be cautious and report any suspicious activity.

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