Online hacking is a double-edged sword. It can be used for public good, and it can be used to endanger people’s lives, which has perhaps been done with the leak of the classified details of FBI agents during the Super Bowl by an anonymous hacker. Names, job titles, email addresses and phone numbers of over 20,000 FBI employees and 9000 employees of the Department of Homeland Security have been leaked, according to this Motherboard update.
This hit job has been done by a cybercriminal by gaining access to the DOJ portal through a compromised DOJ email account.
The hackers used the hashtag #FreePalestine on Twitter to declare that the sensitive information has been leaked.
— penis (@DotGovs) February 8, 2016
Just for good measure, the hacker provided the above publication with a copy of the data on Sunday. The information also includes around 1000 FBI employees in an intelligence analysis role. To verify, Motherboard used the numbers randomly to make calls and many of the numbers elicited responses from the actual agents, although some numbers were redirected to the generic FBI operator desks.