A 17-year-old in Florida has been arrested in connection with a major Twitter hack that compromised the accounts of dozens of high-profile accounts.
State prosecutors filed 30 fraud, identity theft, and hacking charges against the individual, calling him the “mastermind” of a “massive fraud.”
Twitter’s internal controls were improperly accessed in mid July in a hack that tricked people into giving away at least than $120,000 in cryptocurrency.
The Department of Justice also charged two individuals Friday in connection with the hack.
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A 17-year-old Tampa, Florida resident was arrested Friday in connection with the massive Twitter hack earlier this month in which the accounts of dozens of high-profile users, including US Presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama, were hijacked as part of a cryptocurrency scam.
Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 charges against the individual, 17-year-old Graham Clark, calling him the “mastermind” behind the hack.
“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here. This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that,” Warren said in a press release.
Shortly after, the US Department of Justice said in a press release that it had arrested two additional individuals in connction with the hack: 19-year-old Mason Sheppard, of the United Kingdom, who goes by “Chaewon,” and 22-year-old Nima Fazeli, of Orlando, Florida, who goes by “Rolex.”
In a press conference Friday, Warren said Clark is not facing federal charges at this point and that the state is handling prosecution because Florida law allows more flexibility when prosecuting minors. The arrest was first reported by WFLA.
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