IA Director and Homeland Security Secretary Hacked – No Malware Needed

The FBI and Secret Service are investigating reports that the private email accounts of CIA Director John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson were “hacked.”

cnn reports

So, how did the hacker do it?  Hacking is malware, right? This case demonstrates that hacking is not malware.  Hacking is the theft of credentials.  Credentials can be stolen with malware. However, credentials can be stolen in other ways. This hacker is talking to the press. He told The New York Post that the way he stole the credentials was “social engineering.” Rather than attacking systems, social engineering manipulates people.

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