Saturday 18 January 2020

Email prankster tricks White House officials

Former White House media chief Anthony Scaramucci. Photo: REUTERS
Former White House media chief Anthony Scaramucci. Photo: REUTERS

Hayley Dixon

A British email prankster has tricked a number of White House officials, including the former media chief Anthony Scaramucci and Tom Bossert, the head of cyber security, into a series of embarrassing responses.

The man, who claims to have convinced Mr Scaramucci that he was three different people, said his "pranks" prove the White House needs to tighten up its IT security. In a series of emails to Mr Scaramucci - who was sacked by US President Donald Trump on Monday after just 10 days in his post - the hoaxer posed as Mr Trump's recently fired chief of staff, Reince Priebus, in an exchange that ended with Mr Scaramucci telling him: "Read Shakespeare. Particularly 'Othello'. You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive.

"I know what you did. No more replies from me."

The individual is believed to be a 39-year-old web designer from Manchester. He fooled Mr Scaramucci into believing he was Ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman, and finally his friend Arthur Schwartz. And he convinced Mr Bossert he was Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law.

Irish Independent

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