According to a British court in 2018, a 15-year-old accessed sensitive plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be the head of the CIA.

The youth from Leicestershire, Kane Gamble used “social engineering” — a process where a person constructs a picture of information and uses it to manipulate other individuals into handing over more information — in order to access the personal and work accounts of some of America’s highest-ranking intelligence officials.

The teenager was able to convince employees at an internet giant that he was John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, to be able to access his computers.

Similarly, the teenager pretended to be Mark Giuliano, the FBI’s Deputy Director, when calling the FBI helpdesk in order to access the intelligence database.

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