Teen Who Hacked CIA Director's Email Tells How He Did It

Kim Zetter, reporting for Wired:

A hacker who claims to have broken into the AOL account of CIA Director John Brennan says he obtained access by posing as a Verizon worker to trick another employee into revealing the spy chief’s personal information.
Using information like the four digits of Brennan’s bank card, which Verizon easily relinquished, the hacker and his associates were able to reset the password on Brennan’s AOL account repeatedly as the spy chief fought to regain control of it.
News of the hack was first reported by the New York Post after the hacker contacted the newspaper last week. The hackers described how they were able to access sensitive government documents stored as attachments in Brennan’s personal account because the spy chief had forwarded them from his work email.

To recap:

  • The Director of the CIA has an AOL email account. In 2015.
  • The Director of the CIA does not use two-factor authentication on said account.
  • The Director of the CIA forwards sensitive work email to his woefully unprotected AOL account.

Is this real life?