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Senate’s Wyden Probes Use of Forged Legal Requests by Hackers

  • Senator requests information from tech companies, government
  • Hackers masqueraded as law enforcement to obtain the data
Ron Wyden
Ron WydenPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat from Oregon, has requested information from technology companies and government agencies to learn about the abuse of emergency data requests by hackers to obtain users’ personal information.

Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that Apple Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc. had provided information in response to forged emergency data requests sent by hackers who used the email systems of compromised law enforcement agencies. Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called reports of the forged requests an “enormous threat to Americans’ safety and national security.”