Hacker Posts Personal Information of 29,000 FBI Agents and DHS Employees
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department announced they were investigating claims that a hacker had stolen sensitive information about FBI and DHS employees from a government computer system.
This follows Motherboard’s Sunday report that an anonymous hacker told them he planned to post the names, job titles, email addresses and telephone numbers of more than 9,000 DHS employees and 20,000 FBI workers.
Motherboard reported the hacker said he was able to access the data through a U.S. Department of Justice email account. Without verifying his information, someone in the department gave him the access code to the DoJ’s intranet, where he was able to steal one terabyte of data.
Along with the contact information, 200 gigabytes of the data includes sensitive information like credit card numbers and military emails.
An organization that monitors militant media activity, the SITE Intelligence Group, said that on Sunday a pro-Palestinian Twitter account, @DotGovs, posted a link to a document containing 9,372 alleged DHS employee records. The information included names, official titles, department phone and fax numbers, state and country address information and DHS.gov email addresses.
The information also exposed 1,797 special agents and the task force deputy director.
“We are looking into the reports of purported disclosure of DHS employee contact information,” said S.Y. Lee, a DHS spokesman. “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.”
Peter Carr, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said, “The department is looking into the unauthorized access of a system operated by one of its components containing employee contact information.”
Britain’s Telegraph reported that hackers posted the names, job titles and contact details for 22,175 FBI employees.
Some have speculated the data was stolen by the same group who hacked John Brennan, the director of the CIA, in October. They call themselves “Crackas with attitude” (CWA) and were able to break into a U.S. law enforcement portal to gain access to the database of government employees.