DEA Investigating Breach of Law Enforcement Data Portal

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says it is investigating reports that hackers gained unauthorized access to an agency portal that taps into 16 different federal law enforcement databases. KrebsOnSecurity has learned the alleged compromise is tied to a cybercrime and online harassment community that routinely impersonates police and government officials to harvest personal information on their targets. Unidentified hackers shared this screenshot of alleged access to the Drug Enforcement Administration's intelligence sharing portal. On May 8, KrebsOnSecurity received a tip that hackers obtained a username and password for an authorized user of esp.usdoj.gov, which is the Law Enforcement Inquiry and Alerts (LEIA) system managed by the DEA. KrebsOnSecurity shared information about the allegedly hijacked account with the DEA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Justice, which houses both agencies. The DEA declined to comment on the validity of the claims, and issued only the briefest of statements about the matter in response to being notified. "DEA takes cyber security and information of intrusions seriously and investigates all such reports to the fullest extent," the agency said in a statement shared via email. According to this page at the Justice Department website, LEIA "provides federated search capabilities for both EPIC and external database repositories," including data classified as "law enforcement sensitive" and "mission…

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