Police have arrested a 16-year-old British teenager on suspicion of involvement in the hacking of an email account used by CIA director John Brennan.
The unnamed boy, reportedly from East Midlands, is suspected of being a leader of a hacking group called ‘Crackas With Attitude’ posing under an online name Cracka, according to online magazine Motherboard.
When information about the hacking of the email of the CIA chief Brennan first surfaced last October, Cracka published some material from the email including contact address, social security numbers and personal information of US intelligence officials. Further material was later published on the WikiLeaks website.
Motherboard, which spoke to the arrested teenager, said the boy denied being ‘Cracka’ but admitted he was accused by UK authorities of hacking Brennan’s email, as well as emails of some White House officials. He said he was also accused of an involvement in a cyber-attack on the US Department of Justice, which resulted in the publication of contact information of about 30,000 FBI and DHS workers.
A spokesman for Britain's Thames Valley Police said that on Tuesday, a regional organised crime squad had arrested the unnamed youth on "suspicion of conspiracy to commit unauthorised access to computer material" and related offences. According to a police statement, the teenager has been released on bail until 6 June.
The CIA and Justice Department declined to comment and a comment by the Department of Homeland Security was not immediately available.
The FBI confirmed that it was investigating the hack attack jointly with the US Secret Service.