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Authorities in the U.K. arrest 16-year-old British computer geek for FBI, DHS hacking

February 13, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities in the U.K. arrest 16-year-old British computer geek for FBI, DHS hacking

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British authorities have arrested a 16-year-old teenager from the UK in connection with the recent hacking of data from the FBI and DHS data, that included the personal email accounts of John Brennan, director of the CIA and Jeh Johnson, head of the Dept. of Homeland Security.

The FBI provided information to Brtish authorities that led to the unnamed teen’s arrest. A search for possible accomplices is currently under way.

According to Fox News, the alleged hacking suspect admitted to Motherboard webzine that he stole the information including the names, titles and contact information of more than 30,000 employees from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

Furthermore, the teen also revealed that he managed to gain access to the information through a compromised Department of Justice email.

Federal investigators said they believed the teen is the same hacker who compromised the private email accounts of the CIA and DHS directors in October. However, U.S. government officials say neither used the accounts for government use.

Officials said the data stolen from the agency equates to that of a company’s phone directory.

“Currently, there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive or personally identifiable information,” DHS said in a statement earlier in the week.

However, over the past several months, the suspect and his possible accomplices have released the information stolen from the hacks online.

Feds are suspecting the teen of leading a collective of hackers who use the moniker “Crackas with Attitude” or CWA.

“Cracka’s” associates told Motherboard Thursday that there would be repercussions for the teen’s arrest and maintain it wouldn’t thwart any future efforts to hack into government computer systems.

“(It) doesn’t mean we’ll stop hacking them,” a hacker named IncursioSubter, reportedly part of CWA, told Motherboard on Friday. “Give us time, you’ll see. :)”

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