Warning fake news about cyber attacks sent from a secure FBI server

There is no indication as to how these emails were sent, either by an authorized person to access the server or by an outside hacker.

The U.S. Federal Police confirmed after reports from experts at the European organization Spamhaus that fake emails allegedly sent to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were sent Saturday from a secure FBI computer server. In a statement, the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) confirmed the incident without providing details.

“The FBI and CISA are aware of an incident that led to fake emails coming from the account [email protected] this morning,” their statement said. “This is an ongoing situation and we cannot provide any other additional information at this time,” the statement said.

“Your settings are threatened”

“We continue to encourage the public to be wary of unknown senders and to report any suspicious activity,” the statement continued. There is no indication of how these emails were sent by an authorized access to the server or by an external hacker.

According to Spamhaus, a large number of fake emails were sent in two waves early Saturday morning from an address on the government portal for business law enforcement, which is being used by several government agencies. Some emails sent on behalf of the team responsible for detecting cyber attacks in the Department of Homeland Security: “Urgently, your systems are at risk.”

According to Spamhaus, these emails warned their recipients that they were the target of a “sophisticated” attack by a well-known gang that specializes in fraud. Brian Krebs, an independent cybersecurity expert, explained that he had received a fake email from the FBI address, but with another message.

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