A hacker has released the names, titles, email addresses and phone numbers of 20,000 FBI and several thousand DHS employees. The hacker explained to Motherboard that he accessed a compromised email account of a Department of Justice employee, and went on to access the DoJ portal through a social engineering attack directed at a phone support line. Wieland Alge, VP and GM EMEA at Barracuda Networks have the following comments on it.
[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Wieland Alge, VP and GM EMEA at Barracuda Networks:
“The FBI hack is making news all over the world. There are two ways to look at it: you’re not a high profile target like the FBI so why would anyone want to hack you? or ‘hang on, if it is that easy to hack the FBI, what would happen if someone tried the same on us?’ Organisations and authorities must plan for the second, worst-case option. You may not be a high profile target, but you might be an easy target. A good day starts with a vulnerability scan.”[/su_note]
[su_box title=”About Wieland Alge” style=”noise” box_color=”#336588″]As VP & General Manager EMEA, Barracuda Networks, Wieland Alge is responsible for Barracuda Networks business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before this he was CEO and co-founder of phion AG, which merged 2009 with Barracuda Networks. With many years of experience in the planning and deployment of international security projects, Wieland Alge has also a profound knowledge of the user’s and administrator’s perspective on security. As a specialist councilor on the federal data protection advisory board, Dr. Alge consults the Austrian government on matters of data protection.[/su_box]