On November 13, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it had received reports that a legitimate and reputable FBI email address ending in @ic.fbi.gov had been illegally distributed. Allows for a targeted cyber threat warning to thousands of organizations.
Specifically, an FBI email account was hacked and used to send to at least 100,000 other email accounts with warnings about a potential cyber attack.
The fake FBI email was titled “Urgent: Threat Agents in Systems” and included a signature from the US Department of Homeland Security.
According to CNN, one of the fake emails sent from an FBI email address announced the Department of Homeland Security’s assertion that the recipient was the target of a “sophisticated” attack.
It remains unclear which hacker group was responsible for this attack, and the FBI was also unable to determine what type of organization received the email from the FBI address.
In recent times, the US has made drastic moves in the campaign to crack down on cybercrime gangs. Most recently, at the beginning of November, the US State Department announced that it was offering a reward of 10 million USD for the source who helped capture the leaders of the DarkSide/BlackMatter hacker group and also the source who helped catch the hackers. Those who collude with them will be rewarded with 5 million USD.