June 6, 2011

FBI Partner Organization Website Hacked

InfraGard Atlanta Members Alliance said Sunday that about 180 passwords belonging to members of the FBI partner organization have been stolen and leaked to the Internet.

Paul Farley, president of the organization, told The Associated Press (AP) that the logins belonged to members of the local chapter of InfraGard, a public-private partnership devoted to sharing information about threats to U.S. physical and Internet infrastructure.

"Someone did compromise the website," Farley told AP. "We do not at this time know how the attack occurred or the method used to reveal the passwords."

Online hacking group LulzSec posted copies of the passwords to the Internet.

LulzSec said in a statement that it used one of the passwords to steal about 1,000 work and personal emails from the chief executive of Wilmington, Delaware-based Unveillance LLC.

LulzSec said it was acting in response to a recent report that the Pentagon was considering whether to classify some cyberattacks as acts of war.

The FBI said on Sunday that it was aware of the incident and that steps were being taken to mitigate the damage.  Farley said InfraGard's website had been taken down and that members had been advised to change their passwords and beware of further attacks.

Farley said his group had no previous involvement with LulzSec, which describes itself as a collective of hackers who attack weakly-protected websites for fun.

Nintendo said earlier on Sunday that it had been targeted in a recent online data attack claimed by LulzSec. 

LulzSec boasted of a major breach on Thursday, which saw as many as tens of thousands of Sony users' details posted to the Internet.

The group claimed credit for defacing the PBS website after the public television broadcaster aired a documentary seen as critical of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.


On the Net: