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Hackers Leak DHS, FBI Contact Info for Thousands of Employees

Created in 2002 to protect the nation’s people and borders, the Department of Homeland Security is still sorely lacking in some of its most basic duties over a decade later.

After a Department of Justice employee’s email account was compromised, a Twitter user posted a link to contact information for 9,355 Department of Homeland Security employees Sunday, followed by a link to a list of roughly 20,000 FBI employees.

The DHS employee contact disclosure was also accompanied by a pro-Palestinian message, stating "This is for Palestine, Ramallah, West Bank, Gaza, This is for the child that is searching for an answer..." The user also tweeted a screenshot from the DOJ computer he claimed to have access to.

The alleged source of the leak told Motherboard that the DHS hack was made possible thanks to a compromised email address and a call to the DHS to social engineer their access.

Once they received access to the staff portal, the person(s) responsible for the breach went on to access the DOJ intranet, where they claim to have downloaded 200GB worth of data, according to CSO. None of the downloaded data appears to have been released thus far.

 

While employee names, titles, email addresses, and phone numbers were released to the public, no sensitive personally identifiable information for DHS or DOJ employees was released in this latest government breach, reports the WSJ, and Motherboard.

The breach comes just as the White House prepares to release a cybersecurity plan to boost spending 35 percent to $19 billion and create a federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). The plan also seeks to form a commission who would seek new methods of protecting computer networks, as well as increase collaboration between federal officials who focus on privacy issues. 

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