UK Teen Guilty in Hacking Feds

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 06:10 PM gHale

A teenager from the UK pleaded guilty Friday in a British court of hacking into the computers of top U.S. officials, including the former CIA chief.

Kane Gamble, 18, pleaded guilty to ten charges related to the attempted intrusions in late 2015 and early 2016, which targeted the U.S. Department of Justice and an array of senior American security officials. 

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These targets included John Brennan, the director of the CIA; James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence under President Obama; Jeh Johnson, the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; Mark Giuliano, a former deputy director of the FBI; Avril Haines, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, and John Holdren, his senior science and technology adviser.

Gamble, from Coalville, Leicester — a small town 110 miles northwest of London — pleaded guilty to eight charges of performing a function with intent to secure unauthorized access, and two charges of unauthorized acts with intent to impair operation of a computer.

Gamble committed a series of hacking-related crimes between June 2015 and February 2016, according to the indictment. Gamble’s first target was Brennan, before he moved on to Johnson, then Haines.

In October 2015, Gamble began targeting FBI special agent Amy Hess and her boss at the bureau, Giuliano. The following month, he tried to hack into an FBI portal. Early in 2016, he focused on a Comcast account owned by Clapper and the computer of another Obama official, Vonna Weir Heaton.

Gamble was released on conditional bail ahead of sentencing on December 15.

British judges have sentenced defendants in other hacking cases in recent years to up to two years in prison.

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