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February 13, 2016

U.K. Police Arrest Teen Following Hacks Of High-Level U.S. Intelligence Officials

Police in the United Kingdom arrested a teenager suspected of breaching U.S. intelligence officials’ accounts, according to phys.org, a science, research and technology news site. The arrest followed news reports of hacking attacks against CIA, FBI, White House, Homeland Security and other government agencies claimed by someone using the name “Cracka.”

A police spokesperson said they arrested a 16-year-old boy on Tuesday in East Midlands on charges including suspected conspiracy to commit unauthorized access to computer material and to commit unauthorized acts with intent to repair.

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The police spokesperson did not connect the arrest to [...]

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October 27, 2015

WikiLeaks and CIA Chief Brennan’s Emails; The Roundup So Far

The fallout from the social-engineering hack of CIA chief John Brennan’s personal email account continues. WikiLeaks has released a third batch of personal emails. Among information such as an “unidentified Brennan Group,” a detailed dossier of an FBI agent and insight into geopolitical world politics, CIA Director Brennan’s email contacts list included a certain “hottie _200518 @ yahoo.com”

Less than a week ago, it was revealed that teenage hackers gained access to the CIA Director’s personal email through a simple social engineering hack. At the time, the incident had conflicting reports, which while amusing at first quickly turned into an embarrassment when the hack was [...]

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October 22, 2015

Cracka Releases CIA Director John Brennan’s E-mail to WikiLeaks

As reported earlier in the week, CIA Director John Brennan was recently engaged in an ongoing struggle with a hacker who calls himself ‘Cracka and associates’ with Anonymous. The hacker appears to identify with the struggle of Palestinians, being that at one point when Brennan asked him how much he could buy back his private data for, the hacker told him, “We just want Palestine to be free and for you to stop killing innocent people.”

Now that the details of the whole charade have been made public, things may get even more interesting for Director Brennan. Cracka has apparently turned over all his e-mail to whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, announced late [...]

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October 20, 2015

Teen Hackers Socially Engineered Way Into CIA Director’s Private E-Mail

The federal government is sure to be looking for a teenage hacker and two of his friends now that they’ve gone public with a rather embarrassing fact: by pretending to be a Verizon employee, they were able to get personal information about CIA Director John Brennan.

This personal information, such as the last four digits of his credit card, were useful in resetting the director’s AOL account password. Against all reason, this AOL account contained highly sensitive government documents the director had forwarded to himself from work.

Speaking to Wired Magazine, the hackers said of their Verizon social engineering attack, “[W]e told them we work for Verizon [...]

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