15 Year Old Hacker Impersonated CIA Director And Other High Ranking Officials In Massive Data Breach


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A 15-year-old “hacktivist” who tricked AOL and Verizon customer support operators into believing he was then-CIA Director John Brennan, was able to crack into Brennan’s accounts and access highly sensitive documents concerning US military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran, a UK court has heard. 

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Kane Gamble AKA “Cracka”

Kane Gamble, now 18, was able to access Brennan’s emails, contacts, and his iCloud storage account after several successful attempts to manipulate information out of the call center employees. Brennan’s emails were sent to WikiLeaks and published on October 26, 2015.

Gamble used similar “social engineering” techniques to gain accdess to former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, tricked the FBI helpdesk into believing he was then-Deputy Director Mark Giuliano.

It was a common misconception that the group were hackers when in fact they used “social engineering” to gain access to emails, phones, computers and law enforcement portals.

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