Highschool scholar claims to have hacked CIA chief's private e mail
The New York Submit studies that an unnamed supply claiming to be an American highschool scholar has contacted the paper with proof that he had compromised the private e-mail account of CIA Director John Brennan. Among the many paperwork reportedly saved in Brennan’s unsecured private e mail: his forty seven-web page software for prime-secret safety clearance, private info (together with SSNs) on greater than a dozen prime US intelligence officers and a few damning emails discussing “harsh interrogation methods” used on suspects.
“I can not consider he did this to the top of the CIA,” the supply informed the Submit. “[The] drawback with these older-era guys is that they do not know something about cybersecurity, and as you’ll be able to see, it may be problematic.” The supply described himself as a non-Muslim American excessive schooler motivated by his opposition to US overseas coverage throughout a collection of communications with the paper. He additionally confirmed that he managed the Twitter deal with, @phphax.
He claims that the forty or so paperwork he accessed on October twelfth have been saved as file attachments. He reportedly gained entry by way of a social engineering rip-off by which he satisfied (quickly-to-be-former) Verizon staff to offer him with Brennan’s private particulars and leveraging that info to get AOL to reset the account password. The account has since been disabled and the FBI is at present investigating the matter.
In fact, this is not the primary time the CIA has focused or been focused by hackers. Nevertheless, with it coming simply six months after former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acquired caught storing categorised emails on her private servers. “I feel they will need to make an instance out of him to discourage individuals from doing this sooner or later,” stated the supply, blissfully unaware that his future holds the identical destiny for precisely the identical cause.
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