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FBI email server hacked; attackers blame cybersecurity consultant

The FBI confirmed Saturday that its servers were hacked and fraudulent spam emails were sent to more than 100,000 people, washington articles report.

These emails, sent to publicly listed webmasters, warn of an impending cyberattack by hacker group TheDarkOverlord and “white hat” cybersecurity advisor Vinny Troia.

NS text of email mistakenly identified the FBI as a division of the US Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Justice. It also uses highly technical jargon, including references to “cluster virtualization” and “fastflux technology”, and contains some spelling and grammar errors.

The FBI said in a statement Sunday morning that it “is unable to provide any additional information at this time.” Troy, however, has suggestions The hack was intended as a revenge smear campaign against him. Troia’s company, Night Lion Security, published a The report last year identified several members of a hacker group to which the spam emails suggested Troia was linked.

In 2017, TheDarkOverlord carried out ransomware attacks against Disney and Netflix and forced school closures by threatening the lives of students from several US school districts.

https://theweek.com/cyber-crime/1007110/fbi-email-server-hacked-attackers-pin-blame-on-cybersecurity-consultant | FBI email server hacked; attackers blame cybersecurity consultant

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