During the weekend, hackers managed to compromise the FBI’s email system and send spam emails with a warning about a fake cyberattack.
Threat Actor in Systems
The cybercriminals that hacked the FBI’s system managed to send the message to over 100,000 addresses. They took them from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) database.
The scam emails, titled “Urgent: Threat actor in systems” warn of a chain attack. They point to the famous hacker gang The Dark Overlord, which allegedly steals data and demands a ransom, as suspects.
The “threat actor” is apparently cybersecurity expert Vinny Troia, who investigated the group a year ago.
The FBI is aware of the problem. In a press release, it stated: “No actor was able to access or compromise any data or PII on the FBI’s network. Once we learned of the incident, we quickly remediated the software vulnerability, warned partners to disregard the fake emails, and confirmed the integrity of our networks.”
A Coordinated Attack?
Cybersecurity experts, however, believe that this wasn’t a coordinated cyberattack. The email had no malicious attachments. So, the hackers most likely stumbled upon a vulnerability in the system and decided to make use of it.
Meanwhile, Vinny Troia thinks that he became a victim of a smear attack. This comes as a result of him exposing the identity of a young hacker.