The FBI’s email server was hacked on Friday night to send threatening spam emails to over 100,000 people. As The New York Post has learned, the governmental agency confirmed the fact of the attack.
The FBI said that the hacking incident took place on Saturday, adding that the corrupted systems were “taken offline quickly”. Immediately after the attack was registered, the FBI has taken the respective measures.
The officials have not determined the sender or motive behind the rambling, incoherent emails, filled with technological spam.
The emails warned receivers that their information may be under attack by Vinny Troia, famous hacker and owner of cybersecurity company Night Lion Security, in connection with notorious cybersecurity group TheDarkOverlord.
Commenting on the attack, the FBI and CISA said the agency is aware of the incident involving fake emails from an @ic.fbi.gov email account. Due to the situation was developing, the Agency was not able to provide any additional information.
“The impacted hardware was taken offline quickly upon discovery of the issue. We continue to encourage the public to be cautious of unknown senders and urge you to report suspicious activity ic3.gov or cisa.gov,” the statement reads.
The spam emails were first reported by The Spamhaus Project, a nonprofit that tracks spam and related cyber threats. A chart posted by the organization shows the spike in email traffic from the fake warnings, which were sent out in two massive waves.