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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15 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

hail hydra!!!

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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. Lulz

7. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

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

10. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

2. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

And I am here trying to learn coding...

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

4. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

6. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

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

8. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

11. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

KARMA BIATCH!!!!!!!!!!!! How does it feel CIA!!!! Oh I bet the hacker came from Russia with love!

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2216; Member since: May 04, 2015

Another crap, poorly condensed article by iPhonearena. The original Washington Post article is much more revealing. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/men-who-allegedly-hacked-cia-director-arrested/2016/09/08/86461478-75cb-11e6-be4f-3f42f2e5a49e_story.html

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

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