According to a New York Post article that has been widely picked up by other press organizations, a hacker identifying himself as a high school student hacked CIA Director John Brennan’s private AOL account, revealing that Brennan used his email to stash work-related documents and sensitive files — including his 47-page application for top-secret security clearance, the Social Security numbers and personal information of more than a dozen top American intelligence officials, as well as a government letter about the use of “harsh interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects, according to the hacker.
The FBI and other federal agencies are now investigating the hacker, with one source saying criminal charges are possible.
But the hacker – whose status as a high school student appears dubious for varied reasons – has a Twitter account that is still operational, and through which he continues to taunt Brennan and government officials.
We sent @GroupAnon documents confirming we actually do have documents from his email. I guess Mr Brennan broke the law! :O
— cracka (@phphax) October 20, 2015
While the alleged teen hacker professes to have Muslim sympathies and sensibilities, he also claims to be white and often expresses himself using urban black patois. The individual claims he also got into the online Comcast account of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and posted a redacted screenshot of a billing page. He claimed that he listened to Johnson’s voicemails. The hacker reportedly contacted The Post last week to brag about his exploits, which include posting some of the stolen documents and a portion of Brennan’s contact list on Twitter. The hacker’s Twitter page includes the Muslim Shahada creed, which translates as, “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
If i go quiet on this account, the CIA losers have found me and I’m being tortured by their stupid methods of ruining a guys thoughts. — cracka (@phphax) October 14, 2015
He said the stolen documents were stored as attachments to about 40 emails that he read after breaking into Brennan’s account on Oct. 12, more than six months after the controversy erupted over Clinton’s use of a private computer server to handle emails while serving as secretary of state.
The hacker said he used a tactic called “social engineering” that involved tricking workers at Verizon into providing Brennan’s personal information and duping AOL into resetting his password.
Brennan’s account was disabled as of Friday. (The New York Post)
In a statement, the CIA said: “We are aware of the reports that have surfaced on social media and have referred the matter to the appropriate authorities.”
Could it be that the hacker, unaware of Brennan’s own “Muslim sensibilities,” is inadvertently working against the cause of Islam..?