Taiwan's Foxconn victim of webmail system hack, employee data compromised

Foxconn named as private entity targeted in recent hack of over 1,000 websites, also targeted were US law enforcement agencies

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwanese company Foxconn has reportedly become the victim of a cyber attack, with assets and employee information compromised by a hack which targeted some private companies along with U.S. law enforcement and other government agencies over the weekend.

The group of hackers reportedly targeted public domains online, many with out-of-date plugins, to gain access to the private data. In the case of Foxconn, a webmail system was reportedly hacked via a sub-domain, compromising thousands of employee records, including email addresses and phone numbers

The extent of the hack, as well as the location of the compromised servers, has not been revealed. Foxconn was one of many entities targeted in the coordinated hacks which targeted over one thousand websites, according to the hackers.

Authorities learned of the hacks over the weekend and believe they were carried out by more than 10 individuals, according to Techcrunch.

U.S. law enforcement agencies were also targets of the attack, reports Techcrunch, with the personal information of over 4,000 FBI officers made available on the web.

According to the hackers, they have collected private data on over “one million” individuals in the hacks, many from federal agencies.

The hackers reportedly hacked three sites related to the FBI National Academy Associates, and later contacted them to demand money in exchange for protection of data not yet released.

According to Business Insider, Foxconn was also the victim of a hack in early February by a group called Swaggsec.

The name of the group behind the most recent hack, which occurred sometime before April 13, has not been released.