A British man has been charged in the USA in reference to a Twitter hack final summer season that compromised the accounts of outstanding politicians, celebrities and know-how moguls, the Justice Division mentioned Wednesday.
Joseph O’Connor, 22, was arrested within the coastal resort city of Estepona, Spain on an arrest warrant accusing him of involvement in a July 2020 hack of greater than 130 accounts, and of hacks that prosecutors mentioned took over person accounts on the TikTok and Snapchat apps. Prosecutors additionally accuse O’Connor of cyberstalking a juvenile.
A felony grievance filed in federal court docket within the Northern District of California costs O’Connor with crimes together with cyberstalking, making extortive and threatening communications and deliberately accessing a pc with out authorization.
It was not instantly clear if O’Connor had a lawyer, though in prior interviews he has denied wrongdoing.
Throughout the high-profile safety breach a 12 months in the past, pretend tweets had been despatched from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and quite a few tech billionaires together with Amazon’s then-CEO Jeff Bezos Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The bogus tweets requested followers of the high-profile accounts to ship Bitcoin funds.
A Florida teenager was sentenced in March to a few years in jail for his position within the hacking operation. Graham Ivan Clark pleaded responsible to a number of fraud costs as a part of a cope with Hillsborough County prosecutors.
Andrew Warren the Florida state lawyer who prosecuted Clark, advised the AP final 12 months he thought-about him the mastermind of the plot.
Court docket papers filed final 12 months mentioned the plot originated in an internet discussion board for folks trying to acquire social media usernames that carry some status. Such coveted usernames, often known as “OG” or “authentic gangster” accounts, are usually quick and might need been acquired when Twitter was in its earliest levels greater than a decade in the past.
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