A former member of the infamous “Crackas With Attitude” hacking group, which breached the personal email of CIA Director John Brennan last October, gained access Monday to several of White House Science Advisor Dr. John P. Holdren’s online accounts.
According to Motherboard’s Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, who spoke with two former CWA members, a hacker known as “Fearz” was able to get into Holdren’s Comcast account by successfully “spear phishing (a term for getting information by deceiving via a targeted attack) his wife.”
While impersonating Holdren, Fearz reportedly asked Holdren’s wife Cheryl over email for the password to the couple’s “joint Xfinity account.”
After gaining access, Fearz repeated the same prank used by fellow hacker “Cracka” against Director of National Intelligence James Clapper last week by routing all of Holdren’s telephone calls to the “Free Palestine Movement.”
“When I called the number, the founder of the Free Palestine Movement Paul Larudee picked up the phone,” writes Franceschi-Bicchierai. “Larudee said that the same person who called him last week to tell him that he would receive calls directed at Clapper called him again on Monday morning.”
The Motherboard journalist, who was told by the White House that Holdren had indeed been targeted, also received Holdren’s personal cell phone number from the hacker.
“When I called it, a person claiming to be John Holdren picked it up. However, he declined to comment until I proved who I was, and asked me to send him an email to his personal Gmail account,” he writes. “But he didn’t respond to my email, nor another subsequent call.”
Just last week, fellow ex-CWA hacker Cracka successfully targeted a former Geospatial Intelligence executive’s Facebook and LinkedIn accounts as well.
“She’s a government retard and deserves everything bad to happen to her, just like every other gov loser that’s gonna be breached,” Cracka told Infowars.
While the hackers have publicly released the details of multiple high-level targets, many others remain hidden for the time being.
— Lorenzo Franceschi-B (@lorenzoFB) January 19, 2016
Aside from targeting specific government employees, CWA also leaked “34,000 lines of emails, names, position and phone numbers of gov associates, including military,” last November.