Washington: According to the FBI and security experts, hackers hacked into the FBI’s e-mail system and sent tens of thousands of messages warning of possible cyber attacks.
The FBI stated in a statement that the fake email appears to be from a legitimate FBI email address ending in @ic.fbi.gov.
Although the hardware impacted by the incident “was taken offline quickly upon discovery of the issue,” the FBI said, “This is an ongoing situation.”
Threat tracking organization Spamhaus Project stated on its Twitter account that hackers have sent tens of thousands of emails warning of possible cyber attacks.
A copy of an email posted by Spamhaus on Twitter showed a subject line of “Urgent: Threat actor in systems” and appeared to end with a sign-off from the Department of Homeland Security.
The FBI is part of the Department of Justice.
The FBI statement said that both the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are aware of the incident.