Hacker dumps thousands of files of FBI, DHS employees online
An anonymous hacker has dumped up to 20,000 files of FBI employees online. The files apparently contain no personal information. But they are said to include job titles, employee names, and FBI email addresses.
A similar hack resulted in 9,000 DHS employees having their information made available online.
Motherboard first received word of the hack on Sunday morning, along with access to the database of information. The publication was able to verify some of the details authenticity of the leaked data.
On Sunday, a Twitter account with a pro-Palestinian agendareportedly published some data, and included a screenshot of the FBI computer the hacker allegedly gained access to.
On Monday, he made good on a promise to release the rest of the information.
The hacker did not tell Motherboard how sensitive the data is, but noted that the attack was carried out by compromising the email account of a Justice Department employee.
"We are looking into the reports of purported disclosure of DHS employee contact information," a DHS spokesperson said in a statement. "We take these reports very seriously, however there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive or personally identifiable information."
In January, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), a union representing law enforcement in the US, said it believed 2.5GB of data was taken from its servers and dumped online.
Cyber crimes have been growing at an unprecedented rate . The British insurance company Lloyd's says that cyber attacks cost businesses as much as $400 billion a year, which includes the disruption of business following the hacks.
I despise those who romanticize hackers as some kind of modern-day Robin Hoods. They are criminals, uncaring of the impact of their hacks on those they expose.
Unfortunately, in the arms race between hackers and cyber-security experts, the hackers are winning. They are able to find weak points and penetrate almost any system faster than countermeasures can be created to stop them. This will probably hold true for the foreseeable future, as there is no magic bullet that can head them off.
This is especially true when governments like China are determined to hack our business and government systems. They employ thousands of hackers to probe for openings in our biggest companies and government databases. To date, they eventually succeed.