FBI investigates its computer network being hacked by hackers

FBI investigates its computer network being hacked by hackers

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2023-03-02 11:09:39

“The FBI is aware of the incident and is working to gather more information,” the agency said in an emailed statement to Reuters, without providing further details.

CNN, which first reported on the incident, cited people briefed on the matter as saying that FBI officials believe the incident involved computers at their main office. in New York is used to investigate the sexual exploitation of children.

It is not clear when the incident happened. A source told CNN that the origin of the hacking incident is still under investigation.

The FBI hack is the latest in a series of high-profile hacks against the US government over the past decade. In late 2020, US government officials discovered widespread cyber espionage in multiple federal networks from hackers with ties to Russian intelligence. In 2015, the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that it had also been hacked and that federal employee records had been stolen. The OPM breach was then attributed to Chinese hackers.

FBI busted a notorious hacker group extorting millions of dollars

At the end of January 2023, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at least temporarily disrupted the network of a giant hacker gang, helping victims at hospitals and universities not have to pay the hackers. ransom amounts to $130 million, Attorney General Merrick Garland and other US officials said.

Officials said the organization targeted was Hive, which operates one of the world’s top five hacker networks. FBI Director Christopher Wray said the FBI quietly gained access to them in July and was able to obtain the software keys to decrypt the networks of about 1,300 victims globally. However, it remains unclear how the takedown will affect Hive’s long-term performance.

Officials did not announce any arrests but said they were mapping Hive administrators, software and affiliate managers who infected targets and negotiating with victims, to pursue prosecutions. Hive’s website was also confiscated.

“Cybercrime is an ever-evolving threat, but the Department of Justice will spare no effort to bring to justice anyone anywhere targeting the United States with a malware attack,” said Director. FBI Christopher Wray said.

This is a big win for the US Department of Justice. Hackers are the world’s biggest cybercrime and have crippled many activities in many countries such as the UK Post, the National Health Service in Ireland… Most recently, the FBI has prevented a case. Hackers extorted money from patients at a hospital in the American West during the peak of the COVID-19 epidemic.

A US government adviser last year said that Hive malware attackers victimized more than 1,300 companies worldwide between June and November 2022 and received about $100 million in ransom. This person said that criminals using Hive’s malicious code target many businesses and critical infrastructure, including government, manufacturing facilities and especially healthcare facilities and public health.

The threat came to the attention of the most senior officials in the Biden administration two years ago after a series of famous attacks that threatened critical infrastructure and global industry. For example, in May 2021, hackers targeted the largest US fuel pipeline, prompting operators to briefly shut down the pipeline and make ransom payments. worth of millions of dollars that the US government recovered.

US federal officials have used a variety of tools to try to solve the problem, but common law enforcement measures like arrests and prosecutions have hardly deterred criminals.

The White House was hacked?

In December 2022, Russian-backed Killnet claimed three denial of service (DDoS) attacks, including one against the White House as punishment for backing Ukraine in the conflict. Russia-Ukraine.

Trustwave researchers have found evidence supporting the claims of Russian-backed hackers collaborating with other groups, including Anonymous Russian, Radis and Halva. The Killnet hacker group boasted that it was able to run a “30-minute test attack” on the White House website on November 17.

According to Reuters, Fortune, CNN

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