Authorities have arrested five suspected members in total. The FBI has arrested and charged two members of CWA (Crackas With Attitude) hacking squad, making them the fourth and fifth members that are apprehended by authorities.
The names of the latest supposed CWA members are Andrew Otto Boggs, aka “Incursio,” 22, of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and Justin Gray Liverman, aka “D3f4ult,” 24, of Morehead City, North Carolina.
Three other members arrested in the UK at the start of the year
Previously, UK authorities arrested three other group members. They first arrested CWA member “Derp,” a 16-year-old teen, on January 25. They then arrested the group’s leader “Cracka,” also sixteen, in early February, and after a week they arrested a 15-year-old Scottish teen that used the nickname “Cubed.”
The five have had a prodigious hacking career that started in October 2015 and ended in February 2016, after Derp’s arrest scared the other members.
CWA has behind many hacks of CIA, DHS, DOJ, and FBI
The group’s first victim was CIA Director John Brennan, hacking his personal AOL email account. In subsequent incidents, the group also hacked FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano, US National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor on science and technology John Holdren.
CWA also hacked the JABS US national arrests database, and later dumped online the details of 2,400 US government officials, 80 Miami police officers, 9,000 DHS employees, and 20,000 FBI staffers.
Rumors from February said that the group made a mistake when they released their last data dump, containing details for 9,000 DHS employees and 20,000 FBI staffers.
The FBI is said to have been behind the downtime of CryptoBin, the site where the group dumped the DHS and FBI records. Soon after, the arrests started happening.
During all their hacks, the group showed their support for the Free Palestine movement, which they often mentioned in tweets when announcing their data breaches.