United Kingdom teen jailed for targeting Central Intelligence Agency chief's phone, email

Doris Richards
April 22, 2018

Among the targeted officials were then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, then-Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and then-FBI Special Agent Amy Hess, The Telegraph noted.

Eighteen-year-old hacker Kane Gamble was sentenced to two years in a youth detention facility at London's Old Bailey, the central criminal court for England and Wales. In another incident, he left a voicemail for Johnson saying Am I scaring you? and then proceeded to display a message on the family television writing I own you.

The court heard he obtained "extremely sensitive" documents on military and intelligence operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and uploaded details of 20,000 Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, with the message "This is for Palestine".

The presiding judge, Charles Haddon-Cave, called it a "nasty campaign of politically motivated cyber-terrorism" but his defense lawyer argued that he had simply been "naïve, immature and childish" and hoped to effect a change in U.S. policy from his action - he claimed to have acted out of support for Palestinians.

"The victims would have felt seriously violated", the judge said, adding that Gamble had "reveled" in the attacks.


He impersonated his victims and tricked call centres at communications giants Comcast and Verizon into divulging confidential information. He got into Brennan's iCloud account and took control of his wife's iPad through a password reset.

Prosecutor John Lloyd-Jones QC said aggravating features included the "invasion" of victims' professional and private lives as well as their families.

Gamble, who is one of the founders of hacking group "Crackas with Attitude", gradually gained access to USA law enforcement and intelligence networks and shared some of the information through WikiLeaks and Twitter. The court said he damaged the "effectiveness" of the wider law enforcement community, Xinhua reported.

'In a naive, immature and childish way, he thought he could do something about it, he could make a nuisance of himself by targeting people in America and that would somehow get them to change USA policy as a result of what he was doing from his bedroom'. He "never meant to harm and traumatize people on an individual basis", Gamble's lawyer said, asking for a suspended sentence so Gamble could sit his GCSEs in June. However, the judge with the lawyer disagreed, calling the actions Gamble cyberterrorism.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER