Cybersecurity Issues Plague the US Government…and FBI Gets Hacked
Weâve been hearing stories over the past few years about how the U.S. government is behind in terms of cybersecurityâ¦and other technology. If weâre supposed to be at the top of our game, shouldnât we at least be able to protect ourselves from hackers?
Well, the FBI has recently been hacked. Out of all of the government agencies, the FBI should be one that we donât have to worry about. Yet, the report is out â and itâs a significant hack.
We expect the FBI to know what emails they should and shouldnât open. This is basic information. Yet, it seems that there was some kind of phishing issue that led to illegitimate emails being sent from an official FBI email account.
The agency had no choice but to take the hardware offline. And the email was likely sent to thousands of individuals.
According to a press release from the FBI, âThe FBI and CISA are aware of the incident this morning involving fake emails from an @ic.fbi.gov email account.â
The statement goes on to explain that itâs an ongoing situation, so they canât prove much additional information. They encouraged the public to be cautious of unknown senders. Any suspicious activity, further, should be forwarded to either the FBI or CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency).
The cybersecurity threat is concerning. After all, we expect the FBI to be locked down pretty hard. Yet, as the Spamhaus Project tweeted, the emails are fake but the addresses were scraped from ARIN database. They claim that itâs âscaryâ because the headers are real and that they are coming from the FBI infrastructure.
The international hacker group responsible is known as âThe Dark Overlord.â The Washington Times explains that the group âallegedly steals data and demands big ransoms for its return.â
Weâve seen more and more TV shows that highlight the risks of ransomware attacks. Many hospital shows have dealt with the cyber-attacks. Meanwhile, we sit back with our feet on the coffee table thinking that thereâs no way that it can really happen. They have to have better IT security in place than thatâ¦right?
Donât bet on it.
Hackers are getting smarter. Theyâve attacked hospitals and held them hostage for ransoms. And, theyâre moving onto areas of the federal government. It requires some serious cajones to make this happen, yet there are hackers who are willing to do it so that they can put a feather in their cap and earn international bragging rights.
The false email that was sent by the hackers did so in the name of Vinny Troia, a person who once published an investigation on âThe Dark Overlordâ group. Troia tweeted wondering âShould I be flatteredâ that they used his name.
Former Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Austin Berglas, told the Post that âIt could have been a lot worse. When you have ownership of a trusted dot-gov account like that, it can be weaponized and used for pretty nefarious purposes.â He went on to say that the FBI âdodged a bullet.â
It most certainly could have been worse. So, letâs hope that this serves as a wake-up call that the FBI, the CIA, and every other major intelligence department in the U.S. starts focusing on cybersecurity a bit more. We cannot simply sit back and let hackers attack us because, while we dodged a bullet this time, next time we might not be so lucky.