A pair of self-described teen stoner hackers say they breached an AOL account used by CIA Director John Brennan, the New York Post reported today.
The FBI and U.S. Secret Service are investigating the claimed hack, which is also said to have affected to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.
In an interview with the New York Post, the claimed high school student hacker says they got into Brennan's AOL account, which included some 47 files related to his security clearance. The hacker also says he and his pals got into a second account, this one a Comcast one belonging to Johnson.
CNN says that no classified material is believed to have been compromised.
The duo say they enjoy recreational weed smoking, and like to call themselves CWA, or “Crackas With Attitude.”
From the Post:
The hacker contacted The Post last week to brag about his exploits, which include posting some of the stolen documents and a portion of Brennan’s contact list on Twitter. The hacker’s Twitter page includes the Muslim Shahada creed, which translates as, “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
He said the stolen documents were stored as attachments to about 40 emails that he read after breaking into Brennan’s account on Oct. 12, more than six months after the controversy erupted over Clinton’s use of a private computer server to handle emails while serving as secretary of state.
The hacker said he used a tactic called “social engineering” that involved tricking workers at Verizon into providing Brennan’s personal information and duping AOL into resetting his password.
Brennan’s account was disabled as of Friday, he said.
He claimed he has repeatedly prank-called America’s top spy since August, once reciting Brennan’s Social Security number to him.
— cracka (@phphax) October 16, 2015
— James Bondish (@Bondish007) October 13, 2015
— cracka (@phphax) October 12, 2015