The following is an excerpt from Lily Hay Newman | October 19, 2015 | Slate.com |
Authorities are investigating alleged hacks of CIA Director John Brennan's personal AOL email account and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's Comcast account. On Monday, the New York Post published details from an interview with the supposed hacker, who claims to be a male American high-school student "who is not Muslim."
The hacker, who says he accessed the accounts Oct. 12 and has not been named, has been posting redacted screenshots and documents on the Twitter handle @phphax. The account references the hashtag #FreePalestine and includes the Muslim Shahada creed in its bio. A tweet from the account notes that "this [hack] wasn't just me, it was all of #CWA." The hacker told the Post that CWA stands for “Crackas With Attitude,” a duo comprised of himself and a friend from school.
The hacker claims to have accessed CIA Director Brennan's 47-page security clearance application, along with documents that included Social Security numbers and personal information about more than 10 CIA officials. The Post reports that the documents were attached to about 40 emails in the AOL account. The hacker also accessed Homeland Security Secretary Johnson's Comcast account and claims to have listened to his voicemails.
"John and Jeh are both very big people and high-ranking people, so, I mean, if we hacked them, they would be ashamed," the hacker told CNN. "But it was really because the government are killing innocent people, they also fund (Israel) for killing innocent people."
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