Top White House officials fall for fake emails from prankster

An email prankster managed to fool a number of top White House officials into responding to his messages, including the Trump administration’s cybersecurity chief, who gave out his private email address, according to a report late Monday.

The prankster, who lives in the U.K., shared the emails with CNN. But even though the incidents were rooted in mischief rather than malice, they show how vulnerable even the highest levels of government are to potential cyber threats, especially spear-phishing, in which a hacker will fake an email address and dupe the recipient into clicking on a innocuous-looking link — after which they can gain access to private data on the computer and its networks.

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