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The head of the CIA was allegedly hacked by a teenager

The head of the CIA was allegedly hacked by a teenager
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Move over Hillary Clinton; there's a new email controversy in town. CIA director John Brennan's AOL account, which held numerous sensitive files and work-related documents, was allegedly hacked by an allegedly 13-year-old high school student.

The student claims to be part of a hacking group called CWA, or "Crackas with Attitude," which consists of him and a classmate. So, what information was in Brennan's account?

Among the files were Brennan's 47-page application for "top-secret security clearance" and social security numbers for more than a dozen of the best CIA officials. On top of that, the hacker was also able to obtain government letter detailing “harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects."

The hacker was able to break into the AOL account using something called "social engineering," which just means tricking humans to get past security. See an example of social engineering that might trick you.

Next page: How this student used social engineering to get into Brennan's email and more
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