The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has now joined the CIA’s John Brennan in having his personal online accounts hacked.
The government official’s office confirmed the attack but did not disclose further details. “We are aware of the matter and we reported it to the appropriate authorities,” said DNI spokesman Brian Hale.
A teenage hacker known as ‘Cracka’ has claimed responsibility for the hack, reporting that he had infiltrated Clapper’s home telephone, online accounts and his personal email, as well as his wife’s Yahoo account.
According to reports, Cracka had managed to change the settings on Clapper’s Verizon Fios account so that any calls to his home number were redirected to the Free Palestine Movement group in California. The computer programmer pointed to his support for the Palestinian movement as the inspiration behind his hacking campaigns.
“I just wanted the gov to know people aren’t f*****g around, people know what they’re doing and people don’t agree #FreePalestine,” Cracka told Motherboard.
At least five callers from various U.S. locations, including New York, Minnesota, Virginia and Maryland, expecting to speak with Clapper were rerouted and heard the voice of Paul Larudee, the activist group’s co-founder, instead.
“I answered the phone as Free Palestine Movement […] They said, ‘Who?’ They said they were trying to reach General Clapper,” reported Larudee. “I said, ‘I’m sorry, I have no way of connecting you.’”
One caller was Vonna Heaton, a Ball Aerospace and Technologies executive and former NSA worker, who rang at 2:52pm on Monday afternoon. The phone line was restored back to Clapper by 5pm.
‘Crackas with Attitude’, with which Cracka associates himself, was the hacking group which broke into Brennan’s email account last October by tricking a Verizon employee into revealing his personal information. The group reset Brennan’s AOL email password and was able to track down a list of social security numbers for top government officials.
The ‘Crackas’ claim to be teenage high school students.
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