Graham Clark, 17, is accused of being the’mastermind’ behind the biggest security and privacy breach in Twitter’s history.
Nima Fazeli, 22, and Mason Sheppard, 19, were arrested in Tampa, Florida. The FBI says that two individuals in total are in custody. An Unidentified minor in California also admitted to federal agents that they’d helped chaewon sell access to Twitter accounts.
Authorities believe Clark was the one who got access to Twitter’s internal tools and directly carried out the scam. He allegedly convinced a Twitter employee that he worked in the Twitter it department and tricked that employee into giving him the credentials.
Clack used social engineering to convince a Twitter employee that he was a co-worker in the it department. The employee provided credentials to access the customer service portal.
10 prominent people had their personal identification information in the form of a verifide [ sic ] Twitter account use without consent be used. Clark then accessed the Twitter accounts of prominent individuals, including vice Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama. He did not return the funds and he moved the funds to another account.
Twitter’s systems were accessed by a hacker or bribed an employee. Previous reports suggested the hacker either found their way into Twitter’s internal Slack channel or managed to bribe an employee.
Sheppard used a driver’s license to verify himself with the binance and Coinbase cryptocurrency exchanges. His accounts were found to have sent and received some of the scammed Bitcoin.
Fazeli is facing five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine for one count of computer intrusion. Sheppard is being charged with computer intrusion, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.
A hacker with the handle’Kirk # 5270′ is believed to be the one who got access to Twitter’s internal systems. The FBI says its investigation is ongoing and it’s still looking for more suspects.
Originally,’- Kirk’ claimed to be a Twitter employee, according to a discord chat log. Originally,’Kirk’ was an employee, but later claimed to have been an employee.
Clark is currently in jail and being charged with over 30 felony counts, including organized fraud, communications fraud, identity theft, and hacking.
Initially, it was n’t clear whether the 17-year-old was the only suspect in the case. He was arrested at his apartment where he lives by himself.
Law enforcement is considering how bad consequences of the hack could have been. The teen is alleged to have scammed out of unsuspecting Twitter users.
‘he could have undermined politics as well as international diplomacy,’ Warren said. He had access to powerful politicians’ Twitter accounts.
‘this is not a game… these are serious crimes with serious consequences,’ he added.’you’ll be in for a rude awakening, a 6 am knock on your door from federal agents’.
The teen Clark was’taken into custody without any incident’. He’s being prosecuted in Florida so he can be charged as an adult.
Twitter provided the following Tweet as its statement. The Tweet was provided as a statement by the Twitter Twitter statement.
We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.
Twitter claims that no verified users had their private messages or data caches compromised, though, suggesting that Biden, Obama, and others’ DMs could have been safe. President Trump’s Twitter account has long had extra protections, which could explain why it was n’t hacked.
The Hillsborough state attorney’s office has received more details about the arrest and DOJ complaints about the other two individuals. Here’s the whole press release from the Hillsborough County.
Hillsborough state attorney’s office has been tapped to prosecute worldwide’bit-con’ hack of prominent Twitter users. The FBI is investigating worldwide’s bit-con’.
Tampa resident Andrew Warren has filed 30 felony charges against a Tampa resident for scamming people across America. He perpetrated the’bit-con’ hack of prominent Twitter accounts including Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Elon Musk.
The Federal Bureau of investigation and the U.S. Department of justice conducted a complex nationwide investigation, locating and apprehending the suspect.
Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested in Tampa early on July 31. He stole the identities of prominent people and posted messages in their names directing victims to send Bitcoin to accounts associated with Clark. Clark reaped more than $ 100,000 in Bitcoin in just one day.
State Attorney Warren:’they worked quickly to investigate and identify the perpetrator of a sophisticated and extensive fraud’. The FBI, the IRS, and the secret service-as well as the Florida Department of law enforcement.
The Hillsborough state attorney’s office is prosecuting Clark. Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in financial fraud cases such as this when appropriate.
‘scamming people out of their hard-earned money is always wrong,’ Warren said.’it’s illegal, and you wo n’t get away with it,’ he said.
The two additional individuals in the UK and Orlando were charged with additional charges in Orlando and Orlando. This marks a breaking point. We had been continually updating this post.
Added some of the specific charges against the 17-year-old. Update update update: 3:50pm et et et.
The FBI is still investigating, and authorities have taken two individuals in total into custody. The two individuals were taken into custody in total.
Clark is believed to have been the one to access Twitter’s internal tools. New information from Clark’s Twitter account reveals new information.