US spy chief’s personal accounts hacked

Enlarge Image Hacker allegedly rerouted calls from James Clapper's home phone to the Free Palestine Movement

Clapper would be the second high-ranking American intelligence official to have his personal accounts breached in roughly three months. In October, CIA director John Brennan said he was “outraged” after a still-anonymous hacker or hackers broke into his AOL email account and posted files online. Motherboard, a tech site run by Vice Media, published Tuesday an account of the Clapper hack based on a source claiming to be linked to the Brennan hack.

An individual associated with the hacking group “Crackas With Attitude”, who previously gained access to law enforcement systems that allow police to share information in real time, told Motherboard that they now have access to Clapper’s personal email, home telephone and Internet, and his wife’s Yahoo email account.

“We are aware of the matter and we reported it to the appropriate authorities”, spokesman Brian Hale told AFP.

Cracka also claimed to have changed the settings on Clapper’s home phone number, provided by Verizon FIOS, so that every call would be forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement, Motherboard reported.

When discussing the hack of Brennan’s personal accounts in October, it was reported that the hackers were “motivated by opposition to USA foreign policy and support for Palestine”.

After the ODNI confirmed the phone line had been hacked, however, questions were quickly raised about the intelligence director’s apparent lapse in operational security.

When asked why he did it, Cracka responded, “I just wanted the gov to know people aren’t fucking around, people know what they’re doing and people don’t agree #FreePalestine”.

Meanwhile, security expert Michael Adams, who worked for US Special Operations Command, said it was “insane” that Clapper’s personal information wasn’t concealed better.

The reporter, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, said Cracka provided him with screenshots of some of that material but not Clapper’s personal email.

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