“We have been made aware of “scary” emails sent in the last few hours that purport to come from the FBI/DHS [Department of Homeland Security],” announced the group on Twitter.
The messages came from a legitimate email address—email@example.com—from the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP), which is owned by the FBI/DHS, the group said. It added, however, “our research shows that these emails *are* fake.”
The FBI, part of the Department of Justice, said in a statement that it and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are both “aware of the incident this morning involving fake emails from an @ic.fbi.gov email account.”
The agency added that although the impacted hardware was “taken offline quickly upon discovery of the issue,” the situation is an ongoing one and it will not be providing additional information for now.