A US high school student has reportedly hacked the personal AOL account of CIA director John Brennan, uncovering a wide array of private data.
According to the hacker, who goes by the Twitter handle @phphax, everything from a “47-page application for top-secret security clearance” to details of the agency’s “harsh interrogation techniques” were discovered in the breach, notes the New York Post.
Speaking with Infowars over encrypted communications, CWA, a seperate member of the “Crackas With Attitude” hacking group, briefly gave his thoughts on Brennan’s online security practices.
“He’s a loser,” CWA said. “I hope he dies.”
The Oct. 12 hack began after one of the hackers says he was able to trick “workers at Verizon into providing Brennan’s personal information and duping AOL into resetting his password.”
Law enforcement sources speaking with The Post were shocked at the hacker’s actions, noting that the agency would undoubtedly attempt to “make an example” of the group if possible.
“I can’t believe he did this to the head of the CIA,’’ the source said. “[The] problem with these older-generation guys is that they don’t know anything about cybersecurity, and as you can see, it can be problematic.”
After threatening to release information gained from the hack, CWA posted a spreadsheet online Monday which appears to include the Social Security numbers and private email addresses of multiple high-level government employees including Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The hacker added that he has also prank-called Brennan repeatedly over the past two months, even reciting the CIA director’s Social Security number to him during the calls.
“He waited a tiny bit and hung up,” the hacker told the Post.
A CIA spokesperson stated Sunday that the appropriate authorities have been made aware of the alleged breach.