The founder of a Colorado company that monitors an online network known for selling and trading stolen data says the 4.1 million or so federal employees who were recently hacked had better watch out – because their information is being “actively” marketed.
Chris Roberts, founder and CTO of OneWorldLabs, or OWL, says his search engine company has discovered information from the Office of Personnel Management’s hacked files on “darknet,” the so-dubbed online presence that sells stolen and shady data, Fox News reported.
“The recent OPM breach was identified, noted and the credentials and identities have been discovered online and are being traded actively,” Roberts said, Fox News reported.
The FBI has not confirmed that finding, however. Moreover, the FBI has also accused Roberts of hacking into a commercial airplane – something that Roberts explains as an act aimed only at warning the federal government of online vulnerabilities.
Roberts also stands by his OPM finding and said his company’s discovered another 9,500 government log-ins that were hacked from various county, state and federal agencies in the United States.
“When these accounts are posted on the darker side of the net, they are usually ‘live’ and are part of a larger breach,” Roberts said. “They are typically parsed out and sold and distributed to interested parties, something OWL tracks.”
Among the other government sites Roberts alleges are now targeted by “darknet” are the Obamacare Healthcare.gov site, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Court System to the Child Support agency and the Unemployment Agency in Ohio.
He said he alerted the FBI of his findings this week.