The emails warning of a “sophisticated” cyber security threat were first flagged on Saturday by cyber security experts on social media, forcing the FBI to publicly confirm the agency was “aware of the incident this morning involving fake emails from an @ic.fbi.gov email account.”
“This is an ongoing situation and we are not able to provide any additional information at this time,” the FBI said in a statement to Nexstar, adding that the public should report any “suspicious” emails from “unknown senders.”
The email system hackers appear to have gained access to is one used by agents and officials with the department to communicate with the public, according to a report from Bloomberg, which would mean it is not a system hosting classified emails.
The Spamhaus Project, an organization focusing on “spam, phishing, botnets and malware sources,” first reported on the “scary” emails, providing an example and explaining the convincing part is the fact that the hackers behind the false messages have access to official headers and they are coming from “FBI infrastructure.”
Tens of thousands of bogus warnings were reportedly sent out as part of the cyberattack.
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