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Shocker! Pretending To Be CIA Head, 15-Year-Old Gains Access To Intelligence Operations

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| January 21 , 2018 , 18:33 IST

In a shocking incident, a British teenager managed to access the communications accounts of top U.S. intelligence and security officials including CIA Chief John Brennan, a London Court heard on Friday.

Kane Gamble, now 18, was aged 15 and 16 when, from his bedroom in Coalville, central England, he managed to impersonate his targets to gain highly sensitive information.

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“Kane Gamble gained access to the communications accounts of some very high-ranking U.S. intelligence officials and government employees,” prosecutor John Lloyd-Jones told England’s Old Bailey central criminal court. “He also gained access to U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agency networks.”

He admitted 10 offences against the computer misuse act, between June 2015 and February 2016 and is awaiting sentencing.

The court heard how the teenager founded the group Crackas With Attitude (CWA), who used “social engineering” — manipulating call centres and help desks to divulge confidential information — which they then exploited.

“It also seems he was able to successfully access Mr Brennan’s iCloud account,” the prosecutor said.

Gamble called AOL and initiated a password reset, and took control of Brennan’s wife’s iPad.

Gamble also targeted the then U.S. secretary of homeland security Jeh Johnson and made calls to his phone number.

He left Johnson’s wife a voicemail saying “Am I scaring you?” and managed to get a message to appear on the family television saying: “I own you.”

Gamble gained extensive unauthorized access to the U.S. Department of Justice network and was able to access court case files, including on the Deepwater oil spill.

Gamble was arrested at his home on Feb 9 last year at the request of the FBI.

He claimed he was motivated to act out of support for the Palestinians, and due to the United States “killing innocent civilians,” the prosecutor said.

Wearing a black jacket, he spoke only to confirm his name, mumbling “yes,” and sat on the court next to his mother. He will be sentenced at a date yet to be fixed.