Hacker Outs 20,000 FBI Agents, Signs Off With '#FreePalestine'

'Long Live Palestine, Long Live Gaza,' reads message on top of data dump, which includes names, phone numbers and emails of special agents, task forces officers and other employees of security agency.

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Hacker's tweet on FBI data dump.
Hacker's tweet on FBI data dump. Credit: Haaretz

A hacker published the details of more than 20,000 FBI agents and 9,000 Homeland Security agents over the last two days, advertising the online data dump with a tweet which signed off "#FreePalestine."

The data dumps, which include a list of names, job descriptions, phone numbers and emails, begin with the message: "Long Live Palestine, Long Live Gaza."

The website Motherboard, which was given a copy of the FBI data dump the day before it was made available online, called several numbers on the list and reported that they corresponded to the listed names. The job descriptions listed include special agent, field supervisor, task force officer, and others. According to Motherboard, about 1,000 intelligence analysts are also listed. 

The hacker told Motherboard that he obtained the information by gaining access of a DOJ email address, using it to trick a DOJ employee to give him a code for the DOJ portal. From there, the hacker said he was able to access an online virtual machine, which let him access three computers in the DOJ and the department's intranet, where the data was found.

The data dumps were published in parts: On Sunday, the hacker released the list of 9,000 Homeland Security agents. Less than 24 hours later, he released the FBI data dump. According to Motherboard, the hacker notified his Twitter followers in advance of his intentions. 

The Justice Department said that they are investigating the breach, but said that there was no indication that "sensitive personally identifiable information" was revealed. A similar statement was issued by the Department of Homeland Security. 

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