Police arrest second teen suspected of hacks on CIA, DHS chiefs

Police arrest second teen suspected of hacks on CIA, DHS chiefs
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Police in Scotland have arrested a second teenager in connection to several high-profile hacks of senior intelligence leaders in the U.S., Motherboard reports.


The arrest of a 15-year-old boy in Glasgow comes just a week after U.K. police detained a 16-year-old thought to be the leader of a group known as “Crackas with Attitude.”

The Glasgow teenager arrested Tuesday is thought to be another of the main members of the group and goes by the name “Cubed,” sources tell Motherboard.

“Well, I’m officially the last crackas with attitude member not raided,” another hacker who claims to be part of the group tweeted on Wednesday.

The group has claimed responsibility over the last several months for breaking into the personal accounts of CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano.

Most recently, the group targeted President Obama’s senior adviser on science and technology, John Holdren.

In November, the group also released what appeared to be thousands of law enforcement and military personnel’s personal information.

Local police have confirmed that they arrested a 15-year-old boy this week, but declined to link him to Crackas with Attitude.

“Following a search of a property in the Glasgow area on Tuesday the 16th of February, a 15-year old male was arrested in connection with alleged offenses under the Computer Misuse Act 1990,” a spokesperson told Motherboard. “He has since been released from custody.”

Prior to his arrest last week, the group’s leader, who goes by “Cracka,” portrayed himself as being motivated by opposition to U.S. foreign policy and support for Palestine.

In a series of tweets in November, the hacker posted graphic images of violence apparently taken in Israel.

Up until then, Cracka had been widely characterized as a stoner high school student who was essentially trolling senior law enforcement and intelligence officials.

“[D]o you understand what i was fighting for now?” Cracka tweeted in November.

“[F]or other countries, you all knew i risked my life for palestine, for freedom for others, for rights for other people,” he tweeted.

“John and Jeh are both very big people and high-ranking people, so, I mean, if we hacked them, they would be ashamed," Cracka told CNN. “But it was really because the government are killing innocent people, they also fund (Israel) for killing innocent people.”

“Anyone got a good lawyer?!?!?,” a Twitter account the FBI believes was controlled by Cracka posted following his arrest.