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A teenager hacked our top spy chief

A teenager hacked our top spy chief
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You might remember a story from last October about a group of allegedly teenage hackers who broke into the personal email of CIA head John Brennan. The group is called CWA, which stands for "Crackas with Attitude," and now they're back and hitting other high-profile targets.

The group now claims it has taken over multiple accounts belonging to James Clapper, who is the Director of National Intelligence, and his wife, Susan. And a spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has confirmed it to Motherboard.

Specifically, CWA says it got into Clapper's Verizon FiOS account, which controls his Internet and telephone, along with his personal email and his wife's Yahoo email. The group used the Verizon access to forward Clapper's calls to the Free Palestine Movement.

Motherboard researched CWA's claims and found they could be plausible. However, it's most likely CWA took over the accounts using social engineering rather than brute hacking. Social engineering covers attacks like phishing scams that use fake emails to trick a target into giving up information.

Still, you would hope that a top government official involved in intelligence gathering would have better security for his personal accounts. Of course, we already know our government has trouble with security and hackers.

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