UK Police Arrest "16-Year-Old Computer Nerd" for Hacking CIA and FBI Email

By Gary Cutlack on at

Police acting on behalf of our transatlantic chums have arrested a "16-year-old computer nerd" for a string of hacks on bosses at key American security institutions, with staff at the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security Department and even the White House falling for his email rupturing scams.

The teen, possibly even the leader of a group of similar enthusiasts known as the "Crackas With Attitude," was ballsy enough to carry out interviews with US press to talk about his work. CIA Director John Brennan was one of the high profile victims, who has his personal AOL account hacked and some personal docs contained within leaked.

The line was crossed last week when personal details of around 20,000 FBI employees was leaked online, motivation enough for authorities to move in on their key suspect. The teen was arrested by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, and has subsequently been charged with a variety of crimes under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. [CNN via The Register]

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