FBI email servers were hacked to target a security researcher | Engadget

According to Bleeping Computer, the FBI has confirmed intruders compromised its email servers early today (November 13th) to send fake messages claiming recipients had fallen prone to data breaches. The attackers used legitimate FBI systems to conduct the attack, using email addresses scraped from a database for the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), among other sources. It asked email recipients to report messages like these to the bureau's Internet Crime Complaint Center or the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. In March, attackers exploiting Microsoft Exchange servers tried to implicate security journalist Brian Krebs using a rogue domain. Over 100,000 addresses received the fake emails in at least two waves.The FBI described the hack as an "ongoing situation" and didn't initially have more details to share. The FBI appears to have been used as a pawn in a fight between hackers and security researchers. However, it's rare that they use real domains from a government agency like the FBI as part of their campaign.
The FBI appears to have been used as a pawn in a fight between hackers and security researchers. According to Bleeping Computer, the FBI has confirmed intruders compromised its email servers early to… [+1823 chars]