One of the hacking teens behind the “Crackas With Attitude” break-in of CIA director John Brennan’s email and online accounts last October now says he’s hit up another target – this time, James Clapper, the director of U.S. National Intelligence.
The hacker, who goes by the name “Cracka,” and who is part of the hacking group “Crackas With Attitude,” or CWA, told Motherboard he’s broken into Clapper’s home telephone and Internet accounts, his personal email and his wife’s Yahoo email account.
“Cracka” then claimed to have changed all the settings of Clapper’s Verizon FIOS accounts so all calls to his home get automatically forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement.
“I’m pretty sure they don’t even know they’ve been hacked,” Cracka said, in an online chat with Motherboard.
Brian Hale, a spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, however, said the feds were aware of the hack.
“We’re aware of the matter and we reported it to the appropriate authorities,” Hale said, in a statement to Motherboard.
The teenage hacker “Cracka” took to Twitter to taunt Clapper.
“@ODNIgov man james clapper is a retard,” the teen wrote, Motherboard reported.
And in a separate tweet, “Cracka,” using an account that listed him as “@dickreject,” wrote: @_d34ult when you find out someone has been using your email for 4 days without you knowing,” beneath a photograph of a somber Clapper.
Motherboard phoned the number provided by “Cracka” that was supposed to connect to Clapper’s home.
“When I called it,” Motherboard wrote, “I got an answer from Paul Larudee, the co-founder of the Free Palestine Movement. Larudee told me that he had been getting calls for Clapper for the last hour, after an anonymous caller told him that he had set Clapper’s number to forward calls to him.”
The hacker also provided Motherboard a series of screen shots of accounts belonging to Clapper’s wife, Susan, from Yahoo.
Information security specialist Michael Adams said the hack seems “more of a social engineering hack than a real hack,” but that “every serious hack starts with social engineering,” Motherboard reported.
Adams also called Clapper’s online vulnerabilities “insane” and said he ought to be smarter about protecting his Internet presence.
“If I’m the director of National Intelligence of the United States of America, nobody is going to know where the [expletive] I live, nobody is going to have my [expletive] phone number or address,” Adams said, to Motherboard.
The hacker told Motherboard he was hacking because he “just wanted the gov to know people aren’t [expletive] around, people know what they’re doing and people don’t agree #FreePalestine.”
The same group claimed responsibility for hacking into Brennan’s account last year and tapping into his personal AOL email, Internet and telephone, as WND previously reported.