FBI arrests Crackas With Attitude who allegedly hacked CIA boss’s AOL account

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FBI arrests Crackas With Attitude who allegedly hacked CIA boss's AOL account

FBI arrests Crackas With Attitude who allegedly hacked CIA boss's AOL account

Two alleged members of a hacking gang have had their collars felt according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia:

Andrew Otto Boggs, aka “INCURSIO,” 22, of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and Justin Gray Liverman, aka “D3F4ULT,” 24, of Morehead City, North Carolina, were arrested today on charges related to their alleged roles in the computer hacking of several senior U.S. government officials and U.S. government computer systems.

According to charging documents filed with the court, Boggs and Liverman conspired with members of a hacking group that called itself “Crackas With Attitude.” From about October 2015 to February 2016, the group used “social engineering” hacking techniques, including victim impersonation, to gain unlawful access to the personal online accounts of senior U.S. government officials, their families, and several U.S. government computer systems. In some instances, members of the conspiracy uploaded private information that they obtained from victims’ personal accounts to public websites; made harassing phone calls to victims and their family members; and defaced victims’ social media accounts. At least three other members of the conspiracy are located in the United Kingdom and are being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service.

He isn’t mentioned in the press release, but one of the people who was hacked was CIA director John Brennan who had his personal AOL account compromised.

Oh, the shame.

Not the hack, of course. It’s easy to imagine how folks could fall for a social engineering attack.

I mean having an AOL account. That’s almost unforgivable.

As well as the attack on John Brennan’s AOL account, the Crackas With Attitude (CWA) group has also been linked to a hack of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s and and FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano’s Comcast accounts.

CWA is also thought to have been responsible for an attack on Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper who had his personal webmail and phone account hacked, and calls forwarded to Free Palestine Movement.

Now might be a very good time to remind everyone to enable two-step verification/two-factor authentication on their online accounts…

Read more about two-step verification:

Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

One Reply to “FBI arrests Crackas With Attitude who allegedly hacked CIA boss’s AOL account”

  1. Obviously these so called "Hackers" used techniques that any idiot can use. As for AOL Mail, you'd think the CIA Director would know better than using the least secure personal e-mail available! Gees use PGP encryption at least. Come on dude your the director of a CIA that excels at hacking and cracking. I've got three letters for you. VPN!

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