Posted November 09, 2019 06:17:22A group of hackers has taken advantage of a “sneak attack” to breach into computer systems and steal photos, according to the FBI.
Key points:The hackers, called the “Shadow Brokers”, allegedly breached the computers of a large number of organizations around the world, including the US Federal Communications CommissionThe group allegedly used the exploits to access the private information of hundreds of thousands of peopleThe group also used “a very clever way of pretending to be the FBI”The Shadow Brokers allegedly breached computers belonging to the Federal Communications Committee (FCC), the US National Security Agency (NSA), and a number of US military and intelligence agencies.
They used “an extremely well-developed and highly sophisticated hacking technique” to steal the passwords, emails and other data of many of these organisations, the FBI said in a statement.
It said the hackers used the same “squeaky” exploits to hack into the systems of the internet companies that they compromised, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook, LinkedIn and Dropbox.
The attacks are the latest in a string of recent cyber-attacks on government and corporate networks, with a series of high-profile breaches involving the White House and Sony Pictures.
The US National Intelligence Council said on Wednesday that the cyberattack on the US intelligence agency’s computer network “has the potential to be far more destructive than any previous attack on our critical infrastructure”.
In addition to the cyberattacks, the group has also used other attacks to hack government networks, according the FBI statement.
They allegedly breached systems belonging to a large group of organizations.
It is believed the hackers gained access to a number, including some in the intelligence community, by tricking the networks into thinking the attack was originating from a legitimate source.
The FBI said the group used the “sane and well-known” technique of pretending that the attack originated from the NSA.
“They would then post messages on the internet, claiming to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Administration or the US Department of Homeland Security,” the FBI explained.
“The messages were accompanied by the following cryptic message: ‘NSA, NSA, NSA’.”
The message read: “The attackers have breached your system and stole your data.
They will continue to use this data to further their activities.
Your data is secure.
Do not send your sensitive data to us, and do not post sensitive data on any web sites, forums or social media sites.
We have full faith that our data is safe and secure and will not be compromised.”
If you would like to help protect your data from these criminals, we recommend using the Tor browser or another anonymous web browser, or you can visit the Tor website.
“This story was first published on November 09.