After learning about the policy change of the FBI, The Associated Press has disclosed that the FBI did this to notify the sufferer of PC hacking when several Americans, including U.S. officials were in the dark regarding Kremlin-aligned, endeavor get into their private Gmail accounts.
To notify the victims, FBI imposed the policy. Starting from an individual to a group have been notified to foil the ongoing and expected threat. A case was filed this year with the policy against FBI by a non-profit organization, the Electronic Privacy Information Center said even if the notification interferes other investigation or activity, it will be granted.
The news about Gmail account target was informed to only two by the FBI. The FBI was able to reach a few, whose emails were exposed at the time of the presidential election last year. Most of the executives were long-retired, but some were still holding the government position or held exceptional status at the time they were targeted. As per the post at slate.com on 27/11/2017 “Those were targeted suggested that the hacker may become alert while notifying people.”
The bureau rejected to talk to the AP regarding the matter, rather than giving the statement to the reporters that says: “The FBI regularly informs people and the companies regarding the threat.” AP was informed by one FBI’s senior officer that the bureau is struggling for the huge rate of threat.
It’s not sure how much harm email attack by Russia really caused. The target might have clicked on an unauthorized link and other may have fallen prey, while some haven’t received a sensitive post for many years. However, it is clear from the incidence of hack during the presidential election last year that, FBI didn’t generally have a feeling of urgency while managing Russia’s organized hacking campaigns and haven’t taken them seriously in this case.
Phisher is a potential threat that has targeted leading organization. They steal sensitive data like usernames and passwords and access to the device of the victim to perform a breach. The program additionally improves other security features of Gmail, for example, performing the recovery of account process more tough.