Phones, emails of US spy chief, kin hacked

Just months after reports that someone was hacking CIA director John Brennan’s personal email, a US intelligence official is confirming that online personal accounts linked to director of national intelligence James Clapper also have been hacked.

DNI spokesperson Brian Hale said on Tuesday that Mr Clapper’s office is aware of the hacking and has reported the incident to appropriate authorities. He declined to provide other details. An individual not authorised to discuss details and 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 on Tuesday by Motherboard, an online magazine and video channel on science and technology. Motherboard reported that the same teenage hacker who broke into Mr Brennan’s account also targeted Mr Clapper.

Mr Brennan said in October he was outraged that someone hacked his personal account and publicised sensitive data, including his contact list and his wife’s government ID number. The hacker said he is a high school student protesting US policy. He said he fooled Verizon into providing him access to Mr Brennan’s account. Mr Brennan denied any impropriety on his part and said the incident underscores that everyone is vulnerable.