In the early morning, the FBI, IRS, US intelligence and Florida law enforcement officers knocked on the door of a 17-year-old in Tampa, Florida, and arrested him – and accused him of being the “mastermind” behind the biggest security and Data breach in Twitter history that took over the accounts of President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and others to commit a huge bitcoin scam.
He is currently in prison and has been charged with over 30 crimes, including organized fraud, communications fraud, identity theft and hacking, according to Hillsborough Prosecutor Andrew Warren at a recently broadcast press conference describing the arrest.
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We are now adding additional information to this post from the press conference. Here is the entire press release with additional details:
The Hillsborough prosecutor’s office has tracked the worldwide “Bit-Con” hack of prominent Twitter users
Tampa, FL (July 31, 2020) – Hillsborough Prosecutor Andrew Warren has filed 30 lawsuits against a Tampa resident for fraud against people across America who have “Bit-Con” hacked prominent Twitter accounts like Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Elon Musk on July 15, 2020.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice conducted a complex nationwide investigation that identified and arrested the suspect in Hillsborough County.
“These crimes were committed under the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the main victims here. This ‘bit-con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans across the country, including here in Florida. This massive scam was staged right here in our back yard, and we won’t stand up for it, ”prosecutor Warren said.
The investigation found that 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark was the mastermind of the recent Twitter hack. He was arrested in Tampa on July 31st. Clark’s plan to defraud the identity of celebrities stole messages on their behalf ordering victims to send Bitcoin to Clark-linked accounts, and raised over $ 100,000 in Bitcoin in just one day. As a cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is difficult to track and restore if it is stolen in a scam.
“I would like to congratulate our federal law enforcement partners – the United States Northern California District Attorney, the FBI, the IRS and the Secret Service – and the Florida Law Enforcement Department. They quickly worked to investigate and identify the culprit of a sophisticated and extensive fraud, ”said Prosecutor Warren.
“This defendant lives here in Tampa, he committed the crime here and is being prosecuted here,” added Warren. The Hillsborough prosecutor is prosecuting Clark because, under Florida law, minors may be charged as adults in such cases of financial fraud. The FBI and Department of Justice will continue to work with the office throughout law enforcement.
The specific fees Clark faces are:
ORGANIZED FRAUD (OVER $ 50,000) – 1 count
COMMUNICATION FRAUD (OVER $ 300) – 17 counts
Fraudulent use of personal information (over $ 100,000 or 30 or more victims) – 1 count
FRAUDULENT USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION – 10 points
ACCESS COMPUTER OR ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITHOUT GOVERNMENT (FRAUD SCHEME) – 1 count
“Together we will hold this accused to account,” said Warren. “It is always wrong to cheat people out of their hard-earned money. Whether you are taking advantage of someone in person or on the internet, trying to steal their money or cryptocurrency – it is fraud, it is illegal and you will not get away with it. ”