Hackers released the names, positions, phone numbers and email addresses of more than 20,000 alleged FBI employees Monday only hours after leaking similar data from more than 9,000 people at the DHS.
The group claiming responsibility, known as “DotGovs,” first alerted Infowars to the alleged intrusion late last month by presenting a screenshot they say was captured prior to entering a Department of Justice system.
Sending out a sample of the data over social media at the time, the group also told Infowars that it had obtained information on 20,000 FBI employees before multiple screenshots were removed by Twitter.
Examining the list of of over 29,000 alleged DHS and FBI employees released on Sunday and Monday, Infowars was able to confirm the legitimacy of several entries.
Although some numbers appeared to be dead ends, reaching names and agencies not matching those from the leak, several answering machines did coincide with the hackers’ list.
Speaking with Infowars over encrypted communications, one of the group’s members stated simply that the hack was done for “freepalestine.”
The group also continued to release screenshots while mocking the DOJ’s security in a series of tweets.
An image accompanying one such tweet appeared to show several drives from a DOJ computer holding information such as “Litigation Support.”
Another screenshot shows “Civil Division Announcements” seemingly originating from the back end of a DOJ system.
According to one of DotGovs’ members, the hackers remained inside the DOJ’s system for an entire week before being noticed on Sunday.
Despite reaching out to the DOJ and DHS on January 31 for comment, Infowars did not hear back from either agency.
According to Fox News, the DHS announced that it had begun looking into the alleged breach Monday morning.
“We take these reports very seriously, however there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive or personally identifiable information,” the DHS said.
Similarly, the DOJ stated that “there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive personally identifiable information.”
When presented with the statement from DHS, the hacker told Infowars that “homeland security seem mad af lmao.”