Police in England have arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of hacking into the emails of senior US officials last year and posting nearly 30,000 US government employees’ private information online this week. He has reportedly been released on bail.
The South East Regional Organized Crime Unit (SEROCU) sent out a terse email to the media on Friday, confirming that they had arrested a 16-year-old boy in the East Midlands region of England this past Tuesday, February 9. The arrest was connected to three alleged violations of the Computer Misuse Act of 1990.
It was not immediately clear if the teen was actually “Cracka,” one of the hackers from the online collective ‘Crackas With Attitude’ (CWA) that boasted hacking into the private email accounts of CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and the senior White House adviser on science and technology John Holdren, over the past several months.
In messages on social media after the hacks, “Cracka” said he was a teenager living in the UK.