Security Alert: Homeland Insecurity?

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.

FBI Headquarters,  J. Edgar Hoover Building - Washington, DC

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?

  1. Use strong passwords (12 characters or longer)
  2. Do not reuse passwords, one password per site
  3. Use multi-factor authentication where possible Wall Street Journal

Sources:
Motherboard
Wired
NBC News
Fortune