An email prankster has successfully fooled multiple White house officials including Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, and Ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman Jr., reports CNN. In one exchange, the prankster pretended to be the now-fired White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. The fake Priebus emailed the real Scaramucci:
“I can’t believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called ‘Mooch’, who can’t even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for.”
The real Scaramucci replied:
“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 prankster got so many White House officials to fall for his tricks by using a method known as spear-phishing, where he set up fake email addresses so they looked like they were owned by the people he was impersonating.