A 17-year-old boy from Florida has been reportedly arrested for allegedly being the “mastermind” behind the massive Twitter hack targeting high profile accounts with a Bitcoin scam.
Tampa Bay’s Graham Clark faces 30 crimes related to the Bitcoin scam, according to local ABC subsidiary WFLA. Fees include the number of organized cases, communication fraud and the use of personal data. The prosecutor also pointed to the difficulty in recovering money from cryptocurrency scams aimed primarily at “everyday Americans”
The Bitcoin program got access to dozens of top profiles like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and others, and raised over $ 100,000 in stolen Bitcoin.
The arrest was made in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice, which conducted a nationwide search for the perpetrators. According to prison records, Clark was identified and arrested on July 31, 2020.
In a statement made by Hillsborough Prosecutor Andrew H. Warren to Digital Trends, the prosecutor was firm on his indictment decisions. “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. “
While other co-conspirators were not named or involved in the Twitter hack, prosecutors announced that Clark would be brought to trial as an adult, as permitted by Florida law in cases of major financial fraud.