A Florida teenage boy accused of being the “mastermind” behind the hacking of the Twitter social media site in July was arrested, according to Tampa’s WFLA Channel 8 news site.
17-year-old Graham Clark faces 30 crimes for “cheating people across America” with the Twitter hack. Organized fraud, 17 cases of communication fraud, one case of fraudulent use of personal information involving over $ 100,000 or 30 or more victims, 10 cases of fraudulent use of personal information, and one case of access to a computer or electronic device without authority.
The accounts of several well-known companies and individuals were taken over at the July 15th Twitter hack. Hackers exchanged bitcoin scams to collect money. Apple’s Twitter account was involved in the attack.
According to Twitter’s internal investigations, Twitter employees were affected by a “Phear attack with telephone spears”, suggesting that hackers called some of their employees and made them think they were talking to other Twitter employees.
The addressed employees granted access to the internal systems of Twitter. In this way, the hackers could violate the accounts. Twitter’s internal tools were used to target 130 accounts, and for 45 of these accounts, the hackers used a password reset and had full access to send tweets.
Of the 130 accounts violated, including Elon Musk, former US President Barack Obama, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and presidential candidate Joe Biden, hackers had access to information such as e- Mail addresses and phone numbers. Direct messages were also accessed for some accounts.
Hillsborough prosecutor Andrew Warren said Clark’s plan earned him more than $ 100,000 in Bitcoin.
“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.” Warren said in a statement. “This massive scam was staged right here in our back yard, and we won’t stand up for it.”
In a statement, Twitter said it appreciated the speedy action by law enforcement officers in Florida.
We welcome the speedy action by law enforcement officers in this investigation and will continue to work together as the case progresses. For our part, we focus on being transparent and regularly providing updates. The latest information can be found here 👇 https://t.co/kHty8TXaly – Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) July 31, 2020
Twitter said earlier today that it is working hard to improve its internal tools and systems and has limited access until better security protocols are in place.