A teenager who rocked the US intelligence community when he tricked his way into top officials’ accounts in a campaign of “cyberterrorism” has been locked up for two years.
Kane Gamble, 18, founder of Crackas With Attitude (#CWA), admitted targeting high-profile figures such as the then CIA chief, John Brennan, and his wife, and the FBI deputy director, Mark Giuliano, from his family home on a Leicestershire housing estate.
Between June 2015 and February 2016, he accessed email and phone accounts to get his hands on “extremely sensitive” documents on military and intelligence operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Old Bailey was told.
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave handed him a deterrent sentence of two years in youth detention.
He said Gamble had “revelled” in the attacks, adding: “This was an extremely nasty campaign of politically motivated cyberterrorism. The victims would have felt seriously violated.”
Gamble had bragged at one point: “This is so serious I’m fucking shaking. This has to be the biggest hack ever.”
He impersonated his victims and tricked call centres at communications firms Comcast and Verizon into divulging confidential information.
After targeting Brennan and his wife, Kathy, Gamble posted anonymously on Twitter saying: “CIA set your game up homies. We own everything. #freepalestine CWA.” Other victims working under President Barack Obama included James Clapper, the director of national intelligence; the deputy national security adviser Avril Haines; the senior science and #technology adviser John Holdren; the secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, and FBI special agent Amy Hess.
Gamble taunted them, using a TV in Johnson’s family home to post the message: “I own you.”
He boasted about calling him, saying he had “shreked him”.
He left a disturbing voicemail message for Johnson’s wife, Susan DiMarco, asking: “Hi spooky, am I scaring you?”
Giuliano’s passwords were reset and he and his family were bombarded with phone calls, resulting in them getting police protection.
Gamble leaked some of the information he gathered using various websites including WikiLeaks.