Hacker accessed FBI server to send fake email threats

The FBI acknowledged the unauthorized access over the weekend revealing that spam emails were sent from the agency’s email server to thousands of organizations.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has categorically denied sending spam emails from its server, which according to reports, hit 100,000 inboxes on late Friday night and early Saturday.

The agency claims that the emails were sent from its email server, but an unauthorized individual sent them. On Saturday, the agency clarified that it was aware that spam emails were sent from a legit FBI email server to thousands of organizations.

About the Spam Emails

According to the analysis of researcher Alex Grosjean from the Europe-based non-profit Spamhaus Project, which examines digital threats, the emails having the subject line “Urgent: Threat actor in systems” started coming from an authentic FBI email server. These messages were sent to at least 100,000 inboxes.

We have been made aware of “scary” emails sent in the last few hours that purport to come from the FBI/DHS. While the emails are indeed being sent from infrastructure that is owned by the FBI/DHS (the LEEP portal), our research shows that these emails *are* fake.

— Spamhaus (@spamhaus) November

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