News | 02/05/2018

British Teenager gained access to the accounts of Top US intelligence officials from CIA and FBI through social engineering

About: Cybercrime gained its existence soon after the evolution of the web. The cases of cybercrime centring a state-nation hacking group or a new teen hacker are nothing new. However, a recent case revealed a shocking story of a 16 year old boy from Leices...  Read More

  

| News | British Teenager gained access to the accounts of Top US intelligence officials from CIA and FBI through social engineering

Cybercrime gained its existence soon after the evolution of the web. The cases of cybercrime centring a state-nation hacking group or a new teen hacker are nothing new. However, a recent case revealed a shocking story of a 16 year old boy from Leicestershire who managed to hack top CIA and FBI official’s personal and work accounts. This teenager named Kane Gamble used social engineering to hack and spy on CIA and FBI officials. He continued to infringe the social and personal security of America’s most powerful spy chiefs for over a year.

His first target was the then CIA’s director, John Brennan. Gamble gained access to Brennan’s computer by persuading call handlers at an Internet giant that he was John Brennan. Later he tricked the FBI helpdesk official that he was Mark Giuliano, the then FBI Deputy Director and gained access to sensitive data. The list of other victims includes the special FBI agent Amy Hess, the senior science and technology adviser John Holdren and the deputy national security advisor Avril Haines.

He also hacked Mr. Jeh Johnson’s (Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security) broadband connection and gained access to his voicemails, forwarded text messages from his phone, flooded his gadgets with pornographic content and also threatened Mrs. Johnson as well. He continued to taunt these top officials and their families to leak their personal details on the web. Mr. Lloyd-Jones QC (Prosecutor) said: “He accessed some extremely sensitive accounts referring to, among other things, military operations and intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran.

When Gamble was asked for areason behind his doings, he said “getting more and more annoyed about how corrupt and cold-blooded the US Government is and decided to do something about it.” Gamble committed a series of crime from June 2015 to February 2016. His defence said that he was immature and had an autistic spectrum disorder when he committed these offences. Gamble, who has turned 18, is sentenced for committing ten offences in total.

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