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The FBI Was Recently Hacked: Here’s What You Need To Know

· Nov 22, 2021
The Spamhaus Project, a nonprofit organization investigating email spammers, revealed the situation and noted some interesting details about the unnerving e-occurrence. The emails all seem to c ...

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Last week, hackers got ahold of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) email servers, sending thousands of fake emails to worry recipients involved. Bleeping Computer reported that within the emails, the hackers noted that those receiving the emails are victims of a “sophisticated chain attack.”

The Spamhaus Project, a nonprofit organization investigating email spammers, revealed the situation and noted some interesting details about the unnerving e-occurrence. The emails all seem to come from Vinny Troia, who was also falsely associated with the infamous hacking group, The Dark Overlord, known for leaking Orange Is The New Black’s fifth Netflix season.

The Spamhaus Project mentioned that Troia is a notable cybersecurity researcher who runs two dark web security companies named NightLion and ShadowByte. According to Bleeping Computer, who first got ahold of the story, the hackers were able to send emails to over 100,000 addresses. These recipients were all obtained from the American Registry for Internet Numbers database.

Interestingly, Bloomberg reported that hackers utilized the FBI’s public-facing email systems, which is why the emails seemed so real. Bloomberg also spoke with cybersecurity researcher Kevin Beaumont who validated why the emails looked so legitimate. He stated that the “headers were authenticated as coming from FBI servers using the Domain Keys Identified Mail process.” This is also a system that Gmail uses to tie in brand logos to verified and legitimate corporate emails.

In a press release following the incident, the FBI stated that this is an “ongoing situation” and that the related “hardware was taken offline.” Besides this, the FBI noted in the press release that they could not share any more information at this time.

Bleeping Computer had a few leads regarding what aim the hackers had in mind. They reported that it might have been an attempt to defame Troia. Troia then took to Twitter and wrote that someone who goes by the name “Pompompurin” might have been who launched the online invasion.

Computer security reporter Brian Krebs also told Bloomberg that he thinks Pompompurin was in charge of the attack. Krebs added that the individual allegedly sent him a message from an FBI email address that said, “Hi, it’s Pompompurin. Check headers of this email to see if it’s actually coming from the FBI server.”

However, KrebsOnSecurtiy chatted with Pompompurin, but he claims that the hack was meant to emphasize the security vulnerabilities within the FBI’s email systems, but the solidified reasoning for the attack is still up in the air.