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Man arrested for hacking CIA Director's email account after posing as a Verizon technician

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Man arrested for hacking CIA Director's email account after posing as a Verizon technician

We strive to overcome all security problems that the mobile industry is affected by, but they only become bigger as technology evolves. One thing is sure, if someone really wants to hack you, there's a big chance that that person will succeed if he or she is creative enough.

If you've never heard of a group of hackers called Crackas with Attitude, then it's time to learn a bit about them. While it's unclear how many members this group has, the authorities in two countries (UK and US) managed to apprehend five of them and they're all teenagers.

Andrew Otto Boggs, also known as INCURSIO, as well as Gray Liverman, aka D3F4AULT, have been arrested earlier this week in the United States. The two men are accused of hacking into the private email accounts of US intelligence officials, including that of CIA Director John Brennan.

The group also managed to hack into the accounts of Mark Giuliano, a former FBI deputy director, and Amy Hess, the FBI executive assistant director for science and technology. In fact, there are many more high-profile officials on the victim list, which were targeted by the group for their involvement in various cases including that of whistleblower Snowden.

In case you're wondering what's this got to do with the telecommunication world, here is how they managed to get into the private emails of all these officials.

According the interviews the hackers have given to reporters, one of the group's members, Cracka, gained access to CIA Director John Brennan account by … posing as a Verizon technician. But he didn't trick Brennan into giving his account number, password and other details, no.

He managed to outsmart Verizon's tech-support team into revealing all the information he needed to lock Brennan out of his account. Obviously, he exposed many sensitive details he found on Brennan's email account, including the form the CIA Director filled out to receive his top-secret security clearance, a 47-page document that contains personal details.

The method used by the group relies on "social engineering" to gain access to the victim's social media and email accounts, as well as phone, it does not rely on computer skills at all.

So, whatever you do to protect from hackers, know that if hacks you, it's not always your fault. Third-parties might be tricked into revealing your personal information to these persons.

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posted on 09 Sep 2016, 09:26 4

1. Barney_stinson (banned) (Posts: 672; Member since: 30 May 2016)

hail hydra!!!

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 10:00 1

3. trojan_horse (Posts: 4647; Member since: 06 May 2016)

Hail! lol, Verizon's tech-support got outsmarted!
What a shame, considering Big Red is the biggest carrier.

Those technicians need to go back to formation/training.

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 10:34

7. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

I'd say those techs are probably receiving government benefits while looking for another job....

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 13:23 1

10. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 356; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

Yeah, it happens everywhere. Most of tech support people that work at such companies, don't have any basic knowledge of what are they selling. I recently went for help cuz my phone couldn't get LTE connection. The poor guy didn't know where to start looking for the problem. It ended up telling me that my phone was not compatible, I laughed hard and left the place at once.

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 09:42 1

2. DavMor0069 (Posts: 212; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)

And I am here trying to learn coding...

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 22:16 2

15. ibend (Posts: 6633; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

just forget about coding, learn about social engineering, it's more useful for hacking, since system security get tighter with each update, while human brain rarely get update :P

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 10:01 1

4. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

And here I am trying to pay my Verizon phone bill and they won't let me, because I can't remember my four digit PIN.

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 10:26 3

5. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Always make sure you wear a ninja costume and gloves when hacking government emails on your smartphone.

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 10:32

6. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

I prefer to be dressed like Han Solo.....

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 12:45

8. ctdog4748 (Posts: 797; Member since: 05 Mar 2016)

Verizon should hire the person responsible for this hack and put them in charge of security, since it's obvious whoever has that job now, ain't doing it too well.

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 12:45

9. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 854; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)

This is espionage which means he's going away for a while or permanently. I feel bad for those verizon people who probably have to deal with cia investigations now.

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 15:14 1

11. technitude (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)

Why would you feel bad for them? They are probably not located in the U.S., so I am not sure they would have anything to worry about. And even if they were U.S. citizens, in the US; I would think that the Verizon software and internal policy are more the problem. Most companies don't allow employees to see passwords, if Verizon's internal software exposes that data... Bad on Verizon as a whole. Not a lowly employee.

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 16:21 1

12. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

KARMA BIATCH!!!!!!!!!!!! How does it feel CIA!!!!

Oh I bet the hacker came from Russia with love!

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 19:36

13. TheOracle1 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 May 2015)

Another crap, poorly condensed article by iPhonearena. The original Washington Post article is much more revealing.


posted on 09 Sep 2016, 20:19

14. izim1 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

fsociety hard at work

posted on 09 Sep 2016, 22:16

16. ibend (Posts: 6633; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

arrest that CIA director and verizon technician for being too stupid :-/

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