Adding to the spate of high-profile hack attacks and subsequent loss of sensitive data is a hack attempt at InfraGard¸ an Atlanta-based FBI partner organization. The hack, carried out by Lulz Security, also gained notoriety as Lulzsec witnessed the compromise of over 180 passwords which belonged to those from the U.S. Army, cyber security officials, and members from other major communication companies.
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The hacker outfit, in addition to stealing the data also managed to leak quite a few of them by posting the details online. Infact, the hacker group claimed to have used one particular password to get through nearly 1,000 personal and work emails of the Chief Executive of Wilmington, Delaware-based Unveillance LLC. Apparently, InfraGard’s statements about the Pentagon in thinking of classifying cyber attacks, as acts of war, triggered off the hack attempt. In the wake of the hack attack, the plug on the InfraGard site has been pulled, and all the members have been duly notified to change their passwords to safeguard their details from further breach.
InfraGard plays a key role in sharing of information on possible threats to America’s physical and internal infrastructure, and is a public-private partnership; crucial to FBI’s existence.