Login Details of 47 US Government Agencies Hacked, Published Online
Stuff happens in the United States of America that you would be stunned to hear about. For instance, as many as 47 US government agencies got their login credentials hacked recently.
That is not all, the hackers didn’t just steal the login and passwords of the US government agencies they also made them available online using services like Pastebin!
Based on a report by Recorded Future, an internet technology group that specializes on web intelligence, credentials in question are spread across 89 different website domains which shows the expanse of the hack.
Included in the affected agencies are the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence, departments of energy, defence, justice, the treasury and many more.
The report also revealed that the sole responsibility of the hack was on the government agencies that were not putting enough security measures in place. Even in the early months of 2012 no two form authentication was in place meaning that the users could access the information with ease.
Scott Donnelly, of Recorded Future says “it isn’t that these agencies don’t know what to do, it is just that they aren’t implementing the changes,” and I think it is high time this changes!
The presence of these credentials on the open Web leaves these agencies vulnerable to espionage, socially engineered attacks, and tailored spear-phishing attacks against their workforce.
Do you think the US government will actually be able to safeguard their online data from hackers?
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