A teenage hacker has claimed to have compromised the AOL account of CIA Director John Brennan. If the news is to be believed, Brennan was stupidly using his AOL e-mail account to send classified and sensitive work-related documents, including a 47-page application for confidential security clearance, details of the government’s “harsh interrogation techniques”, and even the personal details of high-level intelligence officials.
A law enforcement source close to the matter told the New York Post that a full investigation is underway and that they hope to press charges against the hacker. “I think they’ll want to make an example out of him to deter people from doing this in the future,” the source said, describing the use of a personal e-mail address to send CIA documents as “just wild” and “crazy.”
“I can’t believe he did this to the head of the CIA,’’ added the source. “[The] problem with these older-generation guys is that they don’t know anything about cybersecurity, and as you can see, it can be problematic.”
The New York Post also spoke to the hacker, after he contacted them to brag, and the paper later verified that his Twitter account @phphax was genuine.
The CIA has issued the following statement: “We are aware of the reports that have surfaced on social media and have referred the matter to the appropriate authorities.”
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