Andrew Otto Boggs, a.k.a. “INCURSIO,” 22, of North Wilkesboro, N.C., and Justin Gray Liverman, a.k.a. “D3F4ULT,” 24, of Morehead City, N.C., will be extradited next week to Alexandria, where federal prosecutors for the Eastern District of Virginia have spent months building a case against a an outfit which dubs itself Crackas With Attitude.
The group included three teenage boys being investigated in the UK.
The group gained access to the private email accounts of CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr..
They hacked into the accounts of Mark Giuliano, a former FBI deputy director; Amy Hess, the FBI executive assistant director for science and technology; Gregory Mecher, who is married to White House communications director Jen Psaki; and Harold Rosenbaum, chief executive of CIA contractor Centra Technology.
“Cracka,” one of the British teens, took the lead in hacking the accounts, while Boggs and Liverman encouraged him and used the exposed information to harass the targets.
The “hacks” were based on “social engineering” to gain access to social media, phone and email accounts. For example Cracka gained access to Brennan’s account by posing as a Verizon technician and tricking the company’s tech-support unit into revealing the CIA director’s account number, password and other details.
That information was used to lock Brennan out of his AOL account. Later, he released the form Brennan filled out to obtain his top-secret security clearance, a 47-page document full of personal details.
Cracka gained access to Giuliano’s Comcast account information and began forwarding the official’s mobile number to the Free Palestine Movement.
Liverman allegedly texted threats to Giuliano, calling him a “f—ing boomer” and paid for a campaign of harassing phone calls to Giuliano’s mobile.
Though Giuliano’s accounts he got his paws on some sensitive law enforcement information. A file of on 80 Miami-area officers was found on his computer. Those names and numbers were released online.
Boggs allegedly used the information to post online the prison booking report for Chicago hacker Jeremy Hammond. The work emails and phone numbers for thousands of law enforcement personnel across the country were also posted online.
What was worrying is that Cracka appears to have gotten into the law enforcement database simply by calling an FBI help desk and asking for Giuliano’s password to be reset.
Last year, before his arrest, Cracka told the New York Post that he was motivated by “opposition to U.S. foreign policy and support to Palestine.”