When the FBI raided Hawkeye’s home, a reporter was among the first to find a treasure trove of secrets
Posted On June 21, 2021
The FBI raided a California home last month in an investigation into a “super spy ring” with ties to a supercomputer hacker.
The house was raided by federal agents who found computers and other computer equipment in a basement apartment and another in a room belonging to a man who is the owner of the supercomputer, which was seized in the raid.
The computer seized in that raid belonged to one of the people arrested in the Hawkeye case.
“I can’t tell you the number of computers in the house.
We have the computer room, the basement room, and there are other rooms as well.
It’s all there,” said the FBI agent who raided the house, who asked not to be identified.
He added that the FBI “didn’t have a search warrant.”
The Hawkeye hacker group, dubbed Team Hawkeye, is accused of stealing millions of dollars in credit card data from credit card companies in an operation that the US government believes was orchestrated by an unnamed “supercomputer hacker”.
The FBI declined to comment on the raid or the status of the investigation.
The agents also seized computers, including a laptop computer, a video game console and other devices, and a video camera.
The FBI has said it is investigating the “super computer hack” as a possible violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the criminal code that was written to deal with internet-connected computers.
The Hawkeyes also claim to have infiltrated the systems of some banks and credit card issuers, according to an indictment obtained by the AP.
The indictment also says that the Hawkeyes are responsible for hacking into the computers of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation of St. Louis, among other banks.
“It’s a very complex crime,” said Anthony Riccio, the head of the cyber crime unit at the FBI’s Boston office.
“It’s very hard to do.”
The FBI’s investigation began last month after Hawkeye announced it had been able to hack into the servers of the Fed and other financial institutions.
Hawkeye claimed to have “stepped up” to take credit card information from more than 200 banks.
But on Friday, the FBI said in a statement that it had “no evidence” that any banks had been compromised.
“This investigation has shown that the operation has not been successful, but we are still looking at the case and will continue to work to determine the scope and impact of this investigation,” the FBI added.
A lawyer for Hawkeye did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
A representative for the Fed declined to answer questions about the bank’s security.
But the bank was not alone in being targeted by the FBI.
Last month, a group of banks also accused the FBI of infiltrating their systems.
The hacker group was responsible for stealing data from CreditCards.com, the largest card processing site in the US.
The bank had been targeting banks by using a technique known as “flash cloning” that allows hackers to copy and paste information onto the computer of an employee and then run it on the computer that holds credit card transactions.
The banks accused the hackers of accessing a vast trove of credit card and debit card information and had sought to use it to breach the security of other banks, including MasterCard, Visa and American Express.
The Federal Reserve issued a statement on Saturday saying the investigation into the breaches was ongoing.
“The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has notified the bank of its ongoing investigation into these allegations and will provide additional information as it becomes available,” the statement said.
The Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of New York Mellon, UBS and Barclays have all acknowledged that their systems had been hacked.
The NSA has said that it is probing the hack, which it calls “Operation Crossfire”.
A spokeswoman for the National Security Agency declined to confirm whether the hackers were linked to the Hawkses.
The investigation comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China over cyberattacks that have been blamed on China.
The United States is seeking to impose sanctions on Chinese officials accused of involvement in the hacking.
A report released on Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee said that China had been responsible for a cyberattack that targeted US financial institutions and was “considered by the intelligence community to be the largest ever perpetrated by a foreign nation against the US financial system”.
A US official said the US had been “outraged” by the alleged hacking.
“We are very concerned that China has been able and willing to hack our systems and steal our personal information, including personal data on tens of millions of Americans,” the official said.US Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the report “deeply troubling” and called for an investigation by the House of Representatives.
The Democratic-controlled Senate Intelligence committee said in its report that the Chinese hackers were not linked to Chinese state-owned