US Authorities charged 3 individuals for the Twitter hack earlier this month

3 individuals were arrested on charges in relation to the twitter hack that targeted prominent accounts which happened earlier this month for Bitcoins.

By · Aug 1, 2020 . 6min read

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US Authorities charged three individuals today in relation to the twitter hack that occurred for Bitcoins earlier this month. The authorities unveiled this through an official announcement. The hackers’ ages were 17, 19, and 22. They were from the US and the UK. They hacked approximately 130 accounts belonging to the likes of Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Elon Musk.

The hackers were Mason Sheppard, Nima Fazeli and a juvenile. The police alleged that the 17-year-old was the mastermind behind the attack. Authorities revealed that many hackers are under the false pretension that they can conduct these hacks anonymously. Florida officials will handle the prosecution of the 17-year-old. The state allows for greater flexibility when dealing with a minor.

The authorities are intent on using these arrests as a means to send out a message to potential hackers about being caught.

The motive behind the attack was straightforward. Hackers hacked into the verified twitter account of prominent contemporary individuals and then solicited their followers for Bitcoin. Reports suggest that there were at least 415 transfers of Bitcoin worth up to $117,457.58 made as a result of these attacks.

Graham Clark, aged 17, reportedly posed as an employee from twitter’s IT department. Someone within the organization fell for this and granted him access to critical information. He then obtained information that allowed him to hack into these accounts.

The Affidavit – Twitter hack

“To wit: Clark without authorization gain [sic] access to Twitter Inc.’s Customer Service Portal. Clark used social engineering to convince a Twitter employee that he was a co-worker in the IT department. The employee then provided credentials to access the customer service portal.

Clark then accessed the Twitter accounts of prominent individuals, including VP Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and business [sic] such as Apple and Coinbase. He then posted on their Twitter accounts a communication that if Bitcoins are sent to accounts they will be doubled and returned to the victim. Clark did not return the funds and he moved the funds to another account. 10 prominent people had their personal identification information in the form of a verified [sic] Twitter Account use without consent be used [sic] in the fraudulent activity. Clark received approximately $117,000 during the commission of his scheme to defraud.”

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