Remember “Crackas With Attitude“?
A notorious pro-Palestinian hacking group behind a series of embarrassing hacks against United States intelligence officials as well as leaked the personal details of 20,000 FBI agents, 9,000 Department of Homeland Security officers, as well as some number of DoJ staffers in 2015.
Believe or not, the leader of This kind of hacking group was just 15-years-old when he used “social engineering” to impersonate CIA director as well as unauthorisedly access highly sensitive information via his Leicestershire home, revealed during a court hearing on Tuesday.
Kane Gamble, at This kind of point 18-year-old, the British teenager hacker targeted then CIA director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, FBI deputy director Mark Giuliano, as well as some other senior FBI figures.
Between June 2015 as well as February 2016, Gamble posed as Brennan as well as tricked call centre as well as helpline staff into giving away broadband as well as cable passwords, using which the team also gained access to plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan as well as Iran.
The teenager also taunted his victims as well as their families, released their personal details, bombarded them with calls as well as messages, downloaded as well as installed pornography onto their computers as well as took control of their iPads as well as TV screens.
He also made hoax calls to Brennan’s home as well as took control of his wife’s iPad.
At one point, Gamble also sent DHS secretary Johnson a photograph of his daughter as well as said he would likely f*** her, phoned his wife, leaving a voicemail message which said: “Hi Spooky, am I scaring you?,” as well as even managed to get the message “I own you” on the couple’s home television.
Gamble was arrested in February 2016 at his council home in Coalville as well as last October he pleaded guilty to 8 charges of “performing a function with intent to secure unauthorised access” as well as 2 charges of “unauthorised modification of computer material.”
Gamble said he targeted the US government because he was “getting more as well as more annoyed about how corrupt as well as cold-blooded the US Government” was as well as “decided to do something about that will.“
Gamble’s defence said he was technically gifted nevertheless emotionally immature as well as has an autistic spectrum disorder, at the time of his offending, he had the mental development of a 12 or 13-year-old.
Also, the defence said, at no point did Gamble attempt to profit via his actions.
Out of 10 counts, Gamble previously admitted 8 charges of performing a function with intent to secure unauthorised access.
The teenager will be sentenced when the hearing resumes at a later date.
Two some other members of Crackas With Attitude hacking group, Andrew Otto Boggs as well as Justin Gray Liverman, were arrested by FBI in September 2016 as well as had already been sentenced to several years in federal prison.