According to preliminary data, we are talking about an external account that was used to exchange and transfer unclassified information.

Hackers broke into the external email system of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Saturday. This was reported by Bloomberg with reference to the statement of the secret service.

“This is the current situation, and we cannot provide any additional information at this time,” the text says. According to the agency, participants of the Spamhaus Project, which tracks spam and related cyber threats, reported that hackers sent tens of thousands of emails warning of a possible cyberattack via the bureau’s email.

According to preliminary data, we are talking about an external account that was used to exchange and transfer unclassified information. In total, at least 100 thousand messages were sent from this account.

As Bloomberg notes, the attack began around midnight, in letters allegedly on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, it was said that an attacker, cyber expert Vinny Troia, who was characterized as one of the accomplices of the TheDarkOverlord group of ransomware hackers, had penetrated the electronic systems.

The senders strongly advised the recipients to check all internal systems, while no malicious software was attached to the emails. According to the agency, the attackers could have tried to defame Troia’s name or overload the FBI’s phone lines with calls from concerned people.