FBI email system was reportedly hacked to send fake Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cyberattack messages.

Iran PressAmerica: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) email system had reportedly suffered a hack on Saturday morning amid several reports of messages sent from the agency's email infrastructure purporting to be a warning from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about a cyberattack.

The Spamhaus Project, an international nonprofit organization based in Andorra and Switzerland that tracks spam, reported on Twitter that its analysis had shown the unusual emails are being sent from accounts "scraped" from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) database, according to Newsweek.

"We have been made aware of 'scary' emails sent in the last few hours that purport to come from the FBI/DHS [Department of Homeland Security]," the Spamhaus Project wrote on Twitter.

"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."

Some social media users reported receiving the strangely worded email, which refers to "a sophisticated chain attack" and references "the extortion gang TheDarkOverlord."

The email originated from the address [email protected] and was signed with the message "Stay safe" and claimed to be from DHS, adding the term "Cyber Threat Detection and Analysis" and "Network Analysis Group" to the end of the message.

The suspect email had the subject line "Urgent: Threat actor in systems" and was shared on Twitter and Reddit on Saturday morning.


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