British teen hacker gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

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Kane Gamble, 18, has been jailed for two years for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of “cyber-terrorism.” | Victoria Jones/PA via AP file photo

LONDON — A British teenager has been sentenced to two years in a youth detention center for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of “cyber-terrorism.”

Prosecutors say Kane Gamble conned call centers during 2015-16 into revealing information that got him into the accounts of then-FBI Director Mark Giuliano, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, then-CIA chief John Brennan and other officials.

They say Gamble, who was part of a group of hackers called “Crackas With Attitude,” put some of the information he gathered online.

Gamble pleaded guilty last year. The 18-year-old was sentenced to youth custody on Friday in a London criminal court.

Judge Charles Haddon-Cave said his “nasty campaign of politically motivated cyber-terrorism” had left victims feeling violated.

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