18-year old Kane Gamble recently pleaded guilty to several accounts of hacking into Intelligence agencies databases.
Kane Gamble, a British teenager, has admitted to being responsible for several cyberattacks against high-level US governmental agencies and individuals, including representatives from the CIA and FBI.
The 18-year-old from Linford Crescent in Coalville, appeared in the Leicester Crown Court earlier this week where he pleaded guilty to eight separate charges of “performing a function with intent to secure unauthorized access” as well as two charges of “modification of computer material.”
Gamble targeted several intelligence agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director John Brennan, as well as the deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Mark Giuliano.
In a report by the Leicester Mercury, other targets included the Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, ex-National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency executive, Vonna Heaton, and Barack Obama’s previous science and technology adviser, John Holdren.
The majority of Gamble’s hacks were committed between June 2015 and February 2016.
According to reports, Gamble initially targeted the FBI portal during November 2015, and later moved to the accounts of former US intelligence director, James Clapper.
Gamble also launched an attack on the US Department of Justice (DoJ). The courts have released Gamble on conditional bail and Gamble will be sentenced on 15 December 2015.
According to local media reports, Gamble’s defense team stated that Gamble is “on the autistic spectrum” and that he started launching attacks at the age of 15.
However, a hacking group who calls themselves “Crackas with Attitude” claimed responsibility for hacking Clapper and Brennan.
One of the hacking culprits who claimed responsibility for Clapper admitted to change the settings on Clapper’s phone line so that incoming calls to his home number would be diverted to the Free Palestine Movement.
According to a Motherboard report, one of the stolen phone numbers were confirmed to belong to Vonna Heaton. Heaton refused to comment on the incident.
Current information on the “Crackas with Attitude” group confirms that they are all teenagers and consists of six members. It is still not known whether Gamble is a member.
Gamble was arrested in February 2016, but the incident has not been made public up until now due to Gamble’s age. According to the Mercury, the ruling judge in the case stated that the sentencing options remain open.
During September 2016, the DoJ confirmed that two US citizens, Andrew Otto Boggs and Justin Gray Liverman had been arrested for being involved in hacking government systems.