Underage Hacker Is behind Attacks against US Government
It’s a teenager:
British police have arrested a teenager who allegedly was behind a series of audacious—and, for senior U.S. national security officials, embarrassing—hacks targeting personal accounts or top brass at the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security Department, the White House and other federal agencies, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
The prominent victims have included CIA Director John Brennan, whose personal AOL account was breached, the then FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano, and James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence.
This week, the latest target became apparent when personal details of 20,000 FBI employees surfaced online.
By then a team of some of the FBI’s sharpest cyber experts had homed in on their suspect, officials said. They were shocked to find that a “16-year-old computer nerd” had done so well to cover his tracks, a U.S. official said. a
Not really surprised, but underscores how diffuse the threat is.