Amber Rudd falls victim to email hoax

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The internet hoaxer who duped top Donald Trump aides into a fake email exchange has now targeted Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

The web prankster, who goes by the name “Sinon Reborn”, pretended to be Theresa May’s new head of communications Robbie Gibb in an email to Ms Rudd.

He set up a fake email address before emailing Ms Rudd’s publicly available parliamentary email address to start a conversation.

Ms Rudd replied to him from her personal email account, the Guardian reported.

The UK-based hacker previously claimed to have tricked senior US officials into thinking he was President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner and the former White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

A transcript of his latest exchange with Ms Rudd, dated July 7, reveals the Cabinet minister realised she had been tricked after exchanging pleasantries.

Asked what projects she was working on, the Home Secretary replied: “Well, as you can imagine a few things on the agenda but getting tough on people impersonating others is definitely up there.”

The trickster told The Guardian: “I managed to speak to a home secretary with relative ease on her personal email address.

“I replied again saying: ‘Don’t you think you should be more aware of cyber security if you are home secretary?’ and I never got a reply from that.”

A Home Office source confirmed the exchange, adding: “The Home Secretary does not use her personal email address to discuss Government business.

“As the email exchange shows, she rapidly established that this was a hoax and had only exchanged pleasantries up to that point.”

The imposter previously posted a series of email exchanges on Twitter which he claimed were between former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and himself, pretending to be Mr Priebus.

He also claimed to have duped Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert into revealing his personal email address by pretending to be Mr Trump’s son-in-law, Mr Kushner.

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