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Police arrest 17-year-old boy, 3 others behind massive Twitter hack

Written by Chukwuma Obiasia

Three people have been arrested by the Police for their involvement in the recent massive Twitter Bitcoin hack that targetted major public figures account like Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, and many others.

Two Americans including a 17-year-old boy from Florida and a British man are all facing charges for hacking into Twitter accounts to scam people across America.

The 17-year-old, Clark was arrested on Friday, July 31 and charged in Tampa, where the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will prosecute him as an adult.

Clark faces 30 felony charges, according to the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office. The charges includes 17 counts of communications fraud (over $300), 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, and one count each of organized fraud (over $50,000), fraudulent use of personal information (over $100,000 or 30 or more victims) and access computer or electronic device without authority (scheme to defraud).

“The investigation revealed Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was the mastermind of the recent hack of Twitter,” the office said.

Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K., and Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex,” 22, of Orlando, were charged in California federal court.

Sheppard was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer, and Fazeli was charged with aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer.

“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here,” Warren said in a news release. “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.”

“There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,” said U.S. Attorney David Anderson in the DOJ’s statement. “Today’s charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived.”

On Wednesday, July 15, the hackers took control of the accounts of major public figures and corporations, including Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Michael Bloomberg, Uber, and Apple.

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