back to article Did a hacker really pwn the FBI, US Homeland Security and the DoJ?

My Twitter feed's blowing up! My dad's calling about it because even the New York Times is writing about it. The FBI, the US Dept of Homeland Security and the Dept of Justice all got hacked over the weekend? What the hell, man? Uh-huh. On Sunday, a mystery hacker claimed to have details on more than 29,000 employees of the …

  1. ecofeco Silver badge

    Small beer

    Compared to the huge hack last year of the US gov, this doesn't seem very significant.

    1. oldcoder

      Re: Small beer

      Yet.

      The problem could explode if it turns out they didn't even detect the failure...

      And that has been known to happen before. As I recall at the beginning of the OPM fiasco it was only some 5000 identities taken, but nothing sensitive... Then 100,000 ... and finally 5 million+ with all privacy information taken.

      Same beginning.. Downplayed issue...

      1. Mark 85 Silver badge

        Re: Small beer

        Not detected? Not verified on what was looked at? Or do they know and are lying? Given what I've seen my government do, this could be any one the three or a bit of each.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Small beer

      Compared to the huge hack they had last year, anything will seem insignificant.

      Might as well put everyone's passwords on post it notes and leave them in the public cafeteria at this stage.

  2. Ole Juul Silver badge

    hotshot

    fishing for a good brag

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: hotshot

      Most likely.

      If it's just data from one person's e-mail account, chances are half of it is internal stuff like holiday schedules and memos on how to order office supplies, and the other half are attached holiday snaps and lolcats. OTOH a staggering number of people use their e-mail as personal storage system, so there just might be the odd really interesting document in there. Depends un whose account was compromised - someone who handles sensitive stuff on a daily basis or the guy who spends most of his time organising the softball team.

      Right now this feels pretty much like https://xkcd.com/932/

      1. wheelbearing

        Re: hotshot

        Large amounts of low level background information could be incredibly useful to "the other side" (or sides really) planning to nab more critical stuff. It's the reverse of "never mind the quality, feel the width". Missus.

      2. Tom 13

        Re: Depends un whose account was compromised

        And assumes an account was compromised as opposed to just scraping the public web sites and claiming one was.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fair's Fair

    If the US Gov't has my personal information (and I'm not even a US citizen!) then it's only fair that I should have the personal information of the US Gov't.

  4. lansalot

    Yawn.. Call me when it's Steven Avery and aliens...

  5. 2460 Something
    Alien

    He would have released the 'X-Files' but the aliens abducted him when they found out.

  6. Stevie Silver badge

    Bah!

    In other news, no indication of any breach in Ms Clinton's "insecure" mail server.

  7. tom dial Silver badge

    So far (past Noon on 9 February) it appear the information is comparable to what I, as a federal government employee, was told any member of the public could request, and obtain. Agencies were authorized to charge a fee approximating the actual cost of duplicating and providing the data, and the data did not include email address or telephone number, but it did include GS pay level.

    Unless there is a good deal more to this, it really does not amount to much.

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