Police in the UK, in coordination with the FBI, have reportedly arrested a teenager alleged to be the leader of the hacktivist group “Crackas With Attitude,” Motherboard reports. The group took credit for compromising CIA director John Brennan’s personal email account, as well as accessing accounts associated with James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence. The police agency — the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit — wouldn’t confirm the name of the 16-year-old or whether the arrest was made over those specific incidents.
The teenager told Motherboard, however, that the police are accusing him of using the name “Cracka” to carry out attacks on not only Brennan, but also on White House officials, and of a recent hack on the Department of Justice that led to the release of names and contact information for nearly 30,000 FBI and DHS employees. The teenager told Motherboard that he was not Cracka. Although authorities took his electronic devices with them, he’s still accessing the internet from a relative’s device while out on bail