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UK teen arrested on suspicion of hacking the FBI

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A 16 year old from the UK has been arrested by British police on suspicion of being behind the hack of confidential FBI files in late 2015. The young man was said to be the leader of a small collective of hackers who were responsible for the attack which stole information from the Department of Homeland Security too. Authorities are now on the look out for possible accomplices.
The original hack, which took place in November last year, saw the FBI and DHS compromised. As proof, some of the information was posted online, including the arrest record of some individuals. However these are thought to be far from the only hacks that the group was involved in, with many targeting high-profile U.S. government officials and their offices.
It’s been suggested (via Inquistr) that the teen may have been responsible for the hack of CIA director John Brennan’s personal email account back in October 2016, and the attack on director of national intelligence James Clapper.

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The teen was said to have been arrested as part of a joint investigation by British authorities and the FBI. He has been charged under section one of the Comptuer Misuse Act 1990, as well as on charges of conspiracy to commit unauthorized access with intent to commit further offences, and conspiracy to commit offences with intent to impair.
It may be that evidence on him is thin though, as he was eventually released on an “unconditional bail.” If he is eventually charged, extradition may prove difficult also due to him being under-18.
Those that claim to be colleagues of the arrested hacker have promised to continue their actions in the wake of his incarceration.





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16 year old?? Even now I mostly use my pc for games and some other stuffs... biggrin.gif
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If he is the leader of a hacking group, and capable of hacking into the FBI at age 16, then they should hire him and fire whoever they currently have checking for security holes.

They should also fire both the "CIA director" and "director of national intelligence" for not noticing their personal accounts were compromised, having confidential information on said accounts, and for allowing it to happen in the first place. No one in that position should be that clueless or vulnerable, and I'm guessing the only way a 16 year old was able to get in was due to incompetence of those two people as well as many others.

I mean seriously. Pathetic if you ask me, there shouldn't be such holes in the company that's literally in charge of hacking and investigation. Yet another reason why people should be so pissed that the government is recording ANY data on us. rolleyes.gif
Edited by Murlocke - 2/15/16 at 4:06am
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If he is the leader of a hacking group, and capable of hacking into the FBI at age 16, then they should hire him and fire whoever they currently having checking for security holes.

I mean seriously. Pathetic if you ask me, there shouldn't be such holes in the company that's literally in charge of hacking and investigation. Yet another reason why people should be so pissed that the government is recording ANY data on us.

At least your gov. has those servers safe somewhere.

It came out that ours has them somewhere in a basement where the AC might or oh...might not work and an 18 wheeler could just basically run in and destroy everything. rolleyes.gif
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If he is the leader of a hacking group, and capable of hacking into the FBI at age 16, then they should hire him and fire whoever they currently having checking for security holes.

I mean seriously. Pathetic if you ask me, there shouldn't be such holes in the company that's literally in charge of hacking and investigation. Yet another reason why people should be so pissed that the government is recording ANY data on us.

Maybe he's a genius.
Or this kid is just posing...

There's no such thing as 100% security, however, all of the governments "Suffer" from the same problem. Contracts extremely inflated, usually awarded to "friendliest" contractors.
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back in October 2016

 

He hacked the future? GREAT SCOTT! eek.gif 

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Maybe he's a genius.
Or this kid is just posing...

There's no such thing as 100% security, however, all of the governments "Suffer" from the same problem. Contracts extremely inflated, usually awarded to "friendliest" contractors.

If he's a genius, more reason to hire him because clearly their current team is incompetent if a 16 year old outsmarted them. In an ideal world, every single person in charge of government security should be a genius. There should be multiple layers of security, and breaches should be detected before they get through them all - and even if they do, it should all be heavily encrypted. According to the article, the hackers posted some of the information online so the files were likely not even encrypted.

My guess is he just an average joe hacker that found easy high ranking targets who are incompetent when it comes to personal security. Seems like blame is never put on the higher ups, If my personal email was hacked and that resulted in confidential information about the business I work for to be leaked out, I would imagine I'd be fired. However, these guys won't be touched and that seems crazy to me.

Not to mention a personal email/account should contain absolutely no confidential information even if it was hacked. I mean how often does this happen nowadays? They should know better by now.
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If he's a genius, more reason to hire him because clearly their current team is incompetent if a 16 year old outsmarted them. In an ideal world, every single person in charge of government security should be a genius. There should be multiple layers of security, and breaches should be detected before they get through them all - and even if they do, it should all be heavily encrypted. According to the article, the hackers posted some of the information online so they were likely not even encrypted files.

My guess is he just an average joe hacker that found easy high ranking targets who are incompetent when it comes to personal security. Seems like blame is never put on the higher ups, If my personal email was hacked and that resulted in confidential information about the business I work for to be leaked out, I would imagine I'd be fired. However, these guys won't be touched and that seems crazy to me.

Not to mention a personal email/account should contain absolutely no confidential information even if it was hacked. I mean how often does this happen nowadays? They should know better by now.

Of course it's not their fault... worst case scenario the contractor will be to take the blame and low level employee fired.
I didn't read too much or look for the files that were leaked, depending on what they got there could be no need for encryption. It's hard to speculate without inside knowledge of network and attack vector.
I mean it could be as simple as obtaining VPN credentials... because he's a boss and is above 2 factor authentication... or instead of phone/authenticator he gets code emailed to him... to which they obtained password... idk.
To me it seems reasonable to allow remote access to sensitive information only from their IP's. No vpn, no owa or anything else + very strict policies. Internal/external networks with some additional layers.
No idea about US gov., but in Israel these positions are very desirable. You basically do nothing until you reach retirement age. At least in some gov. offices smile.gif
The 16yo could be just some random script kiddie that was used and thrown away...
Edited by DiNet - 2/15/16 at 5:04am
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I really love how it's okay for them to hack any of us as much as they want but when someone hacks then, arrested.
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I really love how it's okay for them to hack any of us as much as they want but when someone hacks then, arrested.
There's a difference. They don't hack you, they collect data on you.
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