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FBI, Department Of Justice Hacked. Thousands Of Employees Exposed

Update Date: Feb 09, 2016 11:43 AM EST

Hackers, who accessed private information of thousands of FBI and Department of Justice employees, dumped the confidential information online.

According to CNN, the information contains names, phone numbers and emails. The link to the data was posted through a tweet. A spokesperson for the Justice Department said it is investigating the breach and maintained that sensitive identifiable information has not been compromised.

Before it took place, the impending hack was reported by Motherboard, which claimed that an anonymous hacker contacted it and shared data. The reporter randomly called some contacts mentioned in the data to realize that a few were indeed those claimed in the leaks.

The report also described the hack. The hacker was able to gain access to the compromised email of a Department of Justice employee. He then called the department pretending to be a new recruit and gleaned information that would help gain access to the computer of the employee whose email was compromised.

The computer was linked to an intranet, from where the hacker claimed he was able to download around 200 GB but he had access to 1 TB.

The Washington Post reported that both the departments are investigating the attack. Anonymous sources were quoted saying that the hack only exposed information pertaining to employees who had left the organizations about a year ago.

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