Hacker claims to tap into intelligence chief's email
By ELLEN NAKASHIMA | The Washington Post | Published: January 12, 2016
WASHINGTON — One of the hackers who boasted last fall of breaking into the private email account of the CIA director apparently has struck again - this time targeting the director of national intelligence.
A prankster who goes by the nickname "Cracka" told a reporter for the online magazine Motherboard that he had broken into a series of accounts linked to National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper. They included Clapper's home telephone and Internet, his personal email and his wife's Yahoo email account, according to the site, which is owned by Vice.
The reporter, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, said Cracka provided him with screenshots of some of that material but not Clapper's personal email.
A spokesman for Clapper, Brian Hale, said the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was "aware of the matter and reported it to the appropriate authorities."
The FBI is investigating.
Cracka also claimed to have changed the settings on Clapper's home phone number, provided by Verizon FIOS, so that every call would be forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement, Motherboard reported. The ODNI confirmed that.
When the hacking group known as Crackas With Attitude, or CWA, last year gained access to Brennan's account, they said it was in "opposition to U.S. foreign policy and support to Palestine."
One of the hackers who cracked Brennan's account last year told Wired magazine that he gained access by posing as a Verizon worker and tricking another employee into divulging Brennan's personal information.
Using that data, the hackers were able to reset the password on Brennan's AOL account, Wired reported.
It is not clear whether Cracka similarly used "social engineering" to gain control of Clapper's FIOS account or employed another method.