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UK teenager admits attempt to hack into CIA chief's computer

The Guardian logo The Guardian 10/6/2017 Kevin Rawlinson
An 18-year-old man has admitted trying to hack into the computers of senior US government officials, including the director of the CIA. © AP An 18-year-old man has admitted trying to hack into the computers of senior US government officials, including the director of the CIA.

A British teenager has admitted trying to hack into the computers of senior US government officials, including the director of the CIA and the deputy director of the FBI.

Kane Gamble, 18, pleaded guilty on Friday to 10 charges at Leicester crown court. Besides John Brennan, the then director of the CIA, and the former deputy director of the FBI, Mark Giuliano, his targets included Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Avril Haines, and the former US president’s senior science and technology adviser, John Holdren.

Gamble, who is from Coalville, in Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to eight charges of “performing a function with intent to secure unauthorised access” to the computers and two of “unauthorised modification of computer material”.

He will be sentenced at the same court on 15 December.

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