Just months after reports that someone hacked CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email, a U.S. intelligence official is confirming that online personal accounts linked to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also have been hacked.
DNI spokesman Brian Hale said Tuesday that Clapper’s office is aware of the hacking and has reported the incident to appropriate authorities. He declined to provide other details.
An individual who spoke only on condition of anonymity said that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was aware of the hacking incident before it was first reported Tuesday by Motherboard, an online magazine and video channel on science and technology.
Motherboard reported that the same teenage hacker who broke into Brennan’s account also targeted Clapper.
The hacker, known as “Cracka,” contacted Motherboard and claimed to have infiltrated several accounts connected to Clapper, including his home telephone and internet and personal email, as well as his wife’s email.
“Cracka” then apparently set Clapper’s home number to forward calls to the co-founder of the Free Palestine Movement, Motherboard reported.
Brennan said in October that he was outraged that someone hacked his personal email account and publicized sensitive data, including his contact list and his wife’s Social Security number. The hacker has said he is a high school student protesting U.S. policy. He said he fooled Verizon into providing him access to Brennan’s account.
Brennan denied any impropriety on his part and said the hacking incident underscores that everyone is vulnerable to the compromise of personal information on the Internet.