FBI and Homeland Security Hack
A 16-year-old teen in London hacked the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security with relative ease, using a compromised email account and social engineering.
The teen hacked a Department of Justice email account with what is believed to be a very weak password. He tried to access a secure government website but couldn’t, so he called the Department of Justice IT pretending to be a new user and asking them how to get to the portal. “They asked if I had a token code, I said no, they said that’s fine—just use ours.”
What to take away from this hack?
- Use strong passwords (12 characters or longer)
- Do not reuse passwords, one password per site
- Use multi-factor authentication where possible Wall Street Journal