The InfraGard database containing the personal details of 87,000 members was initially being sold for $50,000 on a cybercrime and hacking forum.
As reported by Hackread.com on December 14, 2022, a hacker going by the online handle of “USDoD” was selling a database belonging to InfraGard, an FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) program initially launched in 1996.
The database contained contact details of more than 87,000 InfraGard members, while the price for it was set to $50,000 However, Hackread.com can now exclusively confirm that the hacker updated their post yesterday stating that the stolen InfraGard database would ‘no longer be posted for sale’ as it would ‘‘cause more harm to everyone’’ than benefiting the hacker themself.
It is worth noting that the FBI launched InfraGard to develop physical and cyber threat information-sharing collaborations with the private sector.
It is also worth motioning that the database was being sold on BreachedForums, a cybercrime and hacking forum that surfaced as an alternative to the now-seized Raidforums.
The hacker continued expressing his regret, stating that they did not want to ‘‘cause any more trouble.’’
In what appears to be the result of a ‘‘startling moral awakening,’’ the hacker also stated that all the email addresses present in the database were emailed to Troy Hunt so that he could add them to his website Have I Been Pwned. This means affected members of InfraGard can search to see if they were among those affected.
The database in question contained the personal details of the InfraGard members including the following:
- Full names
- Email addresses
- Employment details
- Industry of employment
- Social media USERIDs and more.
History of InfraGard
InfraGard was established in 1996 as a joint initiative of the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). InfraGard provides access to secure email systems, secure data storage platforms, web-based vulnerability assessment tools, password management solutions, and other security services.
Additionally, InfraGard offers educational seminars on topics such as cybersecurity best practices and emerging threats. These seminars are open to members of all sectors and help them stay informed about current security trends.
Furthermore, InfraGard also provides resources for identifying potential cybercrime victims or suspicious activities before they become major issues.
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