As per a FBI memo, activist hacking group Anonymous has been accessing multiple US government computer systems and have stolen sensitive information for almost one year. The memo described the attacks as “a widespread problem that should be addressed.” As per the memo, the breach affected the U.S. Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and many more agencies.
Back in December 2012, the hackers exploited a flaw in Adobe’s ColdFusion software to launch a rash of electronic break-ins. They then installed back doors in the systems so they could regain access at a later date.
According to an internal email from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’ chief of staff, Kevin Knobloch, hackers have stolen information of at least 104,000 DOE employees, family members, and contractors. The email also warns that details on nearly 2,000 bank accounts had also been stolen.
“the majority of the intrusions have not yet been made publicly known,”
“It is unknown exactly how many systems have been compromised, but it is a widespread problem that should be addressed.”