After claiming not to sell data stolen from the FBI’s critical-infrastructure portal, InfraGard, the hacker has released the data publicly for download.
HackRead.com published on December 14, 2022. It reported that a hacker was selling a database belonged to InfraGard. This FBI-initiated security program is designed to share cyber and physical threat information with the private sector.
After claiming that they had and allegedly stolen the personal data of over 10,000 US federal agents, the database leaked.
InfraGard hackers went by “USDoD” and were selling the database to the hacker for $50,000. The database contained contact information for more than 87,000 InfraGard members.
On December 16, 2022 the same hacker modified their post to announce that they wouldn’t be selling the database. He cited the damage it could cause the victims.
I would like you to know that the data is no longer available for purchase and will not be used in future. It was clear to me that it would be more harmful for everyone than beneficial financially.
The hacker made it available to all without selling the data to anyone. They did not appear to feel guilty for what they did, as previously reported.
Hackread.com confirms that InfraGard’s database circulates on numerous Russian Telegram and cybercrime forums. This database contained personal information of InfraGard members, including:
- Names in full
- Email addresses
- Employment details
- Industries that provide employment
- Use social media usernames to find out more
A Brief History of InfraGard
InfraGard, a joint effort of the and the Information Systems Security Association(ISSA), was founded in 1996. InfraGard offers secure email systems and secure data storage platforms. It also provides password management solutions as well as web-based vulnerability assessment tools.
InfraGard also offers seminars about cybersecurity best practices, emerging threats and other topics. All sectors are welcome to attend these seminars, which help members stay up-to-date on security trends.
InfraGard provides tools to identify potential victims of cybercrime and suspicious activity before they turn into major problems.
InfraGard members are at risk
This incident is alarming not just because it poses a threat to the security of these businesses but because its members include federal and state law enforcement agencies who regularly handle sensitive material.
Cyber criminals may use the information to access confidential government records and personal information of members of the general public.