Teen claims he hacked CIA director’s AOL account, posts contact list and files online (Update1)

From the yeah-this-probably-needs-to-be-investigated dept.:

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail scandal didn’t stop the head of the CIA from using his own personal AOL account to stash work-related documents, according to a stoner high-school student who claims to have hacked into them.

CIA Director John Brennan’s private account held sensitive files — including his 47-page application for top-secret security clearance — until he recently learned that it had been infiltrated, the hacker told The Post.

Other e-mails stored in Brennan’s non-government account contained the Social Security numbers and personal information of more than a dozen top American intelligence officials, as well as a government letter about the use of “harsh interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects, according to the hacker.

Read more of this report by  Philip Messing, Jamie Schram and Bruce Golding on NY Post.

The twitter accounts being used to disclose the hack, @phphax (“Cracka”) and @_CWA_ are still online this morning, as are files purporting to be Brennan’s email contact list and call logs of Avril Haines, the White House Deputy National Security Advisor.

Assuming, for now, that these reports are accurate, I’m not sure what this will do to the brouhaha over Clinton’s private email server.

Update1 10-20-2015: By last night, there were confirmations of investigations, but no confirmations or denials that Brennan’s account had been compromised. Cryptome compiled images of screenshots posted by @phphax here (pdf). Looking at the information, it appears unlikely that the claim is all a hoax.

So if it’s all true, and there was any classified or sensitive information among what appears to be over 25,000 emails saved, will Brennan lose his top security clearance? Although CWA made some claims about the emails and files, they did not dump all of them.

 

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