Alleged Teenage Attacker of CIA Director’s Email Remains at Large – Posts New Stolen Data
A Twitter user posted the contact information of federal, state, local and even foreign law enforcement agents Thursday in an apparent protest over U.S. policy towards Palestine. This is the same person that allegedly hacked the personal accounts of CIA Director John Brennan and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson two weeks ago.
The information was available on text sharing sites and linked to from Twitter accounts similar to those used by the person sharing documents from CIA Director Brennan’s AOL account two weeks ago. The text documents shared list names, email addresses, titles, agency affiliations, and phone numbers of these law enforcement agents. The document is structured as if it came out of an application or database, with approximately 50% of the users’ email addresses at a law enforcement site leo.gov.
The user, who was promptly banned from Twitter following the data dump, previously said this of his political motivations, “Just in case I’m raided … know I wanted Peace for other people in Palestine, nothing but peace #FreePalestine.”
A brief scan of the text of the document showed phone numbers for contacts had area codes consistent with the regions that their respective agencies operated in. The document included contacts from a wide variety of Federal, State, and local agencies. Some contacts names and titles matched other content found online. Contacts at the NSA and CIA were included in the file. A handful of contacts from border and customs agencies in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand were also included. The US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are part of the “Five Eyes” intelligence sharing alliance.
Visiting leo.gov shows a login screen for LEEP – Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal. The FBI describes LEEP as a web based system that is “personalized for each user and includes links to ‘portals’ for the services the user is authorized to access via LEO, such as the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx), Joint Automated Booking System (JABS) or the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).”
There have been no announcements of suspects or apprehensions relating to the compromise of Brennan and Johnson’s personal accounts so far. If the same pattern is followed as with the release of information from Brennan’s account, we should expect further and more extensive information disclosures in the near future.
FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty stated the bureau has “no comment” on the investigation into the Brennan email hack but provided the following statement in regards to the newest incident:
“We have no comment on specific claims of hacktivism, but those who engage in such activities are breaking the law. The FBI takes these matters very seriously. We will work with our public and private sector partners to identify and hold accountable those who engage in illegal activities in cyberspace.”
The Post will continue to follow this breaking news and will provide updates as information becomes available.