Cyber-attack on the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) leaks official’s email addresses

Recently the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) was hacked by unknown group, though the information that was taken was posted on the site, Cryptome.com, but the man who runs Cryptome, John Young, denies all involvement in the hacking of the INSA’s computers, stating that the information was sent to him by an unknown source.

The INSA is a nonprofit that claims to be the country’s premier intelligence and national security organization, whose membership includes the government and US intelligence officials of the United States.

The hackers that were able to get into the INSA’s computers were able to steal the names and email addresses of over 3000 of US Intelligence officials, which includes some senior officials in the Obama Administration. The list also includes at least 95 individuals with email address from the National Security Agency as well as individuals in positions at the White House, the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

All though no charges have been filed against the website, Cryptome, because of the lack of evidence that they actually were the ones that hacked into the system, they are looking into to seeing if posting the names and email address violates the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which forbids the public disclosure of the names of covert intelligence operatives. Though as of right now they are not aware of any of the names that were published as a being apart of a covert or undercover capacity.

This just goes to show that even our government computers and government contractors computers are not secure enough to protect against hacks and intrusions into their systems. And with the use of public websites like Cryptome, the information could be dispersed the whole world. Many government officials were trying to downplay the situation too, but many others are calling them out for the breach in security in the first place, and calling for better security measures to be instituted.

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