Last week, a hacker called USDoD advertised U.S. Intelligence Feed Portal on breached forum.
“InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and members of the private sector for the protection of U.S. Critical Infrastructure. InfraGard connects owners and operators within critical infrastructure to the FBI, to provide education, information sharing, networking, and workshops on emerging technologies and threats. InfraGard’s membership includes: business executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, security personnel, military and government officials, IT professionals, academia and state and local law enforcement—all dedicated to contributing industry-specific insight and advancing national security.” (Src: https://www.infragard.org/)
As can be seen from the article above, InfraGard members are the real critical infrastructure of the FBI. The database contains the names, jobs and contact information of over 80,000 InfraGard users. As the investigators, the data does not contain social security number and/or birth date. The FBI did not explain how the breach happened.
The hacker posted some samples of the data and is selling entire database for $50.000.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that they ban telecom and surveillance equipment from Chinese companies Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua due to national security threat.
“The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders, and we are continuing that work here,” said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “These new rules are an important
part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications” (Source: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-bans-authorizations-devices-pose-national-security-threat).
The FCC is claiming that these companies – listed in covered list – are under the control of Chinese Government and creating a risk for national security.
At the beginning of the week, the British Government stopped installing made in China security cameras at sensitive buildings and areas. In western countries, possibility of interception and manipulation of communications has come to the fore frequently. It looks like sanctions like this will go on against Chinese companies in critical sectors.