TL;DR: The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBINAA) recently disclosed at least three websites associated with the United States’ top law enforcement agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), were breached. Hackers were able to obtain and are threatening to publish personal information on thousands of agents.
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FBI National Academy Hacked
Second century Roman poet Juvenal is credited with the Latin phrase, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? which loosely translated can be read as who is watching the watchmen? And while it’s normally meant to urge greater vigilance with regard to government accountability, in this instance it might point to something more insidious: those exclusively chartered with a monopoly on keeping the US safe from such crimes are themselves quite vulnerable.
FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. Responds to Report of Data Breach is a short statement from FBINAA, which describes itself as “nearly 17,000 members representing all 50 US states and 174 Countries world-wide,” according to their postscript. “The FBINAA is the strongest law enforcement leadership network in the world.” Indeed, it’s headquartered at the famous FBI training facilities in Quantico, Virginia.
Apparently “the strongest law enforcement leadership network in the world” fell victim to a hack of three websites it describes as “associated.” Indeed they were “hacked and that personal information has been obtained to be sold on the web. We are working with Federal authorities to investigate this allegation. We believe we have identified the three affected Chapters that have been hacked and they are currently working on checking the breach with their data security authorities,” the statement stressed. It went on to blame “third-party software,” unironically noting such crimes are “on the rise and phishing attacks occur every day.”
Online news site TechCrunch was decidedly less charitable in its appraisal, insisting a hacker group “uploaded [FBI] contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the personal information of thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers.” Entire servers were downloaded, allegedly. “The spreadsheets contained about 4,000 unique records after duplicates were removed, including member names, a mix of personal and government email addresses, job titles, phone numbers and their postal addresses,” the article detailed, along with anonymous quotes from a hacker claiming responsibility.
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