The United States Federal agents have arrested a teenager who is believed to be the mastermind behind the July 15 Twitter hack
The suspect, 17-year-old Graham Clark, was arrested in Florida on Friday. The Twitter hack was able to compromise 130 accounts, including that of high profile individuals.
Clark was able to carry out this heinous crime by convincing a Twitter employee he was a co-worker in the IT department while luring he (the employee) to provide credentials to access the customer service portal.
He was however able to access the social media site’s internal controls which led to the hack.
According to Bloomberg, the teenager is expected to face up to 30 felony charges for hacking the accounts and posting misleading messages on behalf of those accounts.
One of such is deceiving victims to sending him bitcoin donations worth over $100,000 (₦38 million).
The charges against Clark include communications and organized fraud, fraudulent use of personal information, and access to a computer without authority.
Speaking on Clark’s charges, Attorney Andrew Warren, said, “Clark will be charged as an adult under Florida law, rather than federal, because Florida law allows us greater flexibility to charge a minor as an adult in a financial fraud case. He gained access to Twitter accounts and to the internal controls of Twitter through compromising a Twitter employee.
“We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.” Warren added.
It was also reported when Bitcoin scammers were on a rampage, many top personalities had their accounts tweeting about a bitcoin giveaway.
It was however discovered that the matter was more serious than it looks when top brands and famous personalities including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kanye west amongst others twitted they would double the bitcoin of Twitter users.
Graham Clark is however not alone on this. He had two other accomplices, named Nima Fazeli 22, from Florida, and Mason Sheppard 19 from the United Kingdom. The two accomplices were charged and face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine and 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine respectively.
Other sources claim that Sheppard will be facing 45years in prison while Fazeli will face up to 5years. We will however know once the verdict is declared.
Speaking on the new development, Twitter said, “We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.”