Hackers known only as CWA, which sadly does stand for "Crackas With Attitude," have reportedly obtained access to CIA Director John Brennan’s private AOL account. The account reportedly held multiple sensitive files, including a 47-page application for top secret security clearance. The social security numbers of more than a dozen additional intelligence officials have also been compromised, according to the New York Post.
Though the hackers haven't revealed their names or location, one of them did offer some insight during an interview with the Post, clarifying that he was an American high school student who "is not Muslim" and was motivated only by "opposition to U.S. foreign policy and support for Palestine." For reasons not entirely clear, the Post also makes note of the fact that the two high school students engage in activities of the weed variety .Under the name @phphax, the hacker took to Twitter to prove the depth of the potential leak:
"I can’t believe he did this to the head of the CIA," a source told reporters. "[The] problem with these older-generation guys is that they don’t know anything about cybersecurity, and as you can see, it can be problematic." Those "older-generation guys" quickly released a statement, though admittedly short on details:
We are aware of the reports that have surfaced on social media and have referred the matter to the appropriate authorities.
The breach is currently under investigation.