November 17, 2021

Rep. Correa Statement on DHS and FBI Email Data Breach

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management and Accountability released the following statement: 

Rep. Correa said: “Friday’s breach of the DHS/FBI LEEP email server is the latest in a long string of data breaches. The evidence indicates that it can be attributed to one individual operating in Calgary, Canada. Unfortunately, Canadian cyber security and privacy laws have made it difficult to arrest this individual and extradite him once he is apprehended.

“Since July of this year, I have been receiving research and intelligence from the leadership team at ShadowByte, a Threat Intelligence Company, investigating the hacker. In reviewing the details of their investigation and evidence, it is clear that the US must do better in our coordination with other countries for the extradition of cybercrime suspects. While recent efforts at curbing international Ransomware organizations have focused on extradition, this has been limited to Russia and China. Meanwhile, cybercriminals in other parts of the world, much closer to our own borders, seem to have carte blanche while they hide behind their country’s laws. My office will continue to push the importance of this issue in Congress and to the White House.”