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FBI Allegedly Hacked By Notorious Ransomware Group

Organization was targeted by the DOJ last month, now threatens to leak classified and top secret documents

FBI Allegedly Hacked By Notorious Ransomware Group

The FBI and multiple other unnamed U.S. intelligence agencies have allegedly been hacked, according to a post on the dark web from notorious ransomware group Blackcat, which also uses the name ALPHV.

Cybersecurity analyst Dominic Alvieri revealed the cyber-intrusion on social media platform X, posting screenshots purportedly from a blog operated by ALPHV warning the group had obtained more than 300 gigabytes of classified and top-secret data from government contractor Technica Corporation, which services the intelligence community.

ALPHV, one of the world’s most aggressive ransomware groups, says that if the company does not contact them soon, the data “will either be sold or made public.”

Accompanying the message are several images which appear to be included to offer validity to the claim that the ransomware group does indeed have classified information.

Technica Corporation is a veteran-owned company that lists as clients the FBI, Navy, Air Force, NASA, Health and Human Services, and several other U.S. government agencies.

As of the time of publication, the FBI has not released a statement on the alleged incident, which comes only a month after the Department of Justice (DOJ) disrupted a ALPHV’s operations by “hacking the hackers.”

According to a statement from the DOJ, officials hacked ALPHV’s computer network and seized several websites the group operated. Officials then publicly released a decryption key, freeing up networks seized by the subversive group and cutting off any money that could be made through random payments.

“In disrupting the BlackCat ransomware group, the Justice Department has once again hacked the hackers,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “With a decryption tool provided by the FBI to hundreds of ransomware victims worldwide, businesses and schools were able to reopen, and health care and emergency services were able to come back online. We will continue to prioritize disruptions and place victims at the center of our strategy to dismantle the ecosystem fueling cybercrime.”

If the latest hack was actually carried out, it could be a bold attempt at retribution aimed at the very federal agencies responsible for shutting down the group’s operation last month.

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