According to a British court in 2018, a 15-year-old accessed sensitive plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be the head of the CIA.
The youth from Leicestershire, Kane Gamble used “social engineering” — a process where a person constructs a picture of information and uses it to manipulate other individuals into handing over more information — in order to access the personal and work accounts of some of America’s highest-ranking intelligence officials.
The teenager was able to convince employees at an internet giant that he was John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, to be able to access his computers.
Similarly, the teenager pretended to be Mark Giuliano, the FBI’s Deputy Director, when calling the FBI helpdesk in order to access the intelligence database.
Gamble also targeted the US Secretary of Homeland Security and Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence.
The British teenager taunted his targets online, leaked personal information, flooded them with calls and messages, downloaded pornography onto their computers and took over their iPads and TVs, according to a court.
Justice Haddon-Cave stated: “He got these people in his control and played with them in order to make their lives difficult.”
The prosecutor, John Lloyd-Jones, claimed that Gamble founded Crackas With Attitude (CWA) in 2015.
Gamble told a journalist: “It all started by me getting more and more annoyed about how corrupt and cold blooded the US Government are so I decided to do something about it.”
Lloyd-Jones said this incident did not involve hacking but instead involved the use of “social engineering” to get information from emails, phones, computers and law enforcement portals.
“It involves manipulating people, invariably call centre or help desk staff, into permitting acts or divulging confidential information,” the prosecutor stated.
Gamble pleaded guilty to ten offences under the computer misuse act.
He first targeted Brennan and was able to enter his Verizon internet account by initially pretending to be an employee of the company and then Brennan himself in order to build up a fake persona.
Gamble was at first denied access to Brennan’s computers because he could not name Brennan’s first pet, but the handler changed the pin and security questions in subsequent calls.
He later employed similar methods to gain access to Brennan’s AOL account. Afterwards, Gamble successfully accessed Brennan’s emails, contacts, his iCloud storage account and his wife’s iPad remotely.
Lloyd-Jones stated: “He accessed some extremely sensitive accounts referring to, among other things, military operations and intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran.”
Gamble, who is now 18, then posted sensitive information on Twitter and Wikileaks and taunted officials about gaining access to sensitive information.
Occasionally, he used the tag #freePalestine and claimed it was because the U.S. Government was “killing innocent people”.
Gamble employed similar techniques when he hacked the home broadband of Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and was able to listen to his voicemails and send texts from his phone.
He overwhelmed Johnson and his wife with calls, asking her: “Am I scaring you?” and left messages threatening to “bang his daughter”, according to the court.
Gamble’s actions are reprehensible and should be punished accordingly given how they were directed towards former and current officials of the U.S. government.
Nevertheless, this kind of antagonism is to be expected.
Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
At this Time, Cons
Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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