US intelligence chief's personal email, phone hacked

The same group previously, and successfully, targeted the CIA director.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor
President Obama meets his chief spy James Clapper (Image: White House/Flickr)

The same hacker that targeted the CIA director John Brennan last year is back to claim another senior government scalp: James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence.

A spokesperson for the DNI confirmed the hack to the Associated Press, adding that the authorities are investigating the incident.

The hacking incident was first reported by Motherboard on Tuesday. One of the hackers, who goes by the name Cracka, reached out to the publication claiming to have broken into a series of accounts associated with Clapper, including his personal email account.

Clapper's home phone, a Verizon FiOS account, was also reportedly forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement.

The hacker made a name for himself alongside his group, Crackas With Attitude, last year when they broke into the CIA director's personal AOL email account.

Whistleblowing site WikiLeaks later began publishing the contents of the email account, which included Brennan's draft SF86, a sensitive document that is used to determine a prospective candidate's eligibility to later receive classified materials.

However, none of the documents posted by WikiLeaks are said to be classified.

The FBI warned last year that US police and officials were targets of hacktivist groups, and should in particular "be aware of their online presence and exposure."

The same hacker group later successfully broke into a series of law enforcement systems that allowed police to share information in real-time.

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