The recent Twitter hack, which led to the loss of hundreds of Bitcoins, has taken a new twist as the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice carried out a complex nationwide investigation. Fortunately, the investigation helped locate and apprehend a suspect in Hillsborough County.
They arrested 17-year-old Florida resident known as Graham Clark on the morning of July 31, according to the Office of the State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Clark is facing 30 felony charges brought against him by Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren.
He allegedly scammed people across America by hacking Twitter accounts of renowned individuals including Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Elon Musk on July 15, 2020.
The charges include organized fraud (one count), communications fraud (seventeen counts), fraudulent use of personal information (one count and ten counts) and access to computer or electronic devices without authority (one account).
Andrew Warren noted that this ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that.
According to a report by Florida news channel WFLA, Clark was booked into jail at Hillsborough County Jail on Friday morning. Two other individuals have been charged over their involvement in the Twitter hack. They include Nima Fazeli of Orlando and Mason Sheppard of the United Kingdom.
Fazeli (22-year-old) and Sheppard (19-year-old) are facing charges of aiding in the intentional access of a protected computer and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, said criminal complaints on July 31.
After hacking prominent Twitter accounts, their tweet promised to offer people double the amount of Bitcoin they sent to a certain address. The victims sent Bitcoin valued at about $120,000 to the perpetrators.
On July 31, Twitter revealed how the Bitcoin scam really happened, noting that the perpetrators targeted some employees via a phone spear phishing attack. The attack was based on a remarkable and concerted attempt to mislead some employees and exploit human vulnerabilities towards gaining access to Twitter’s internal systems.
After they obtained the credentials of Twitter’s employees, they targeted certain employees who had access to Twitter’s account support tools. Hence, the hackers were able to target 130 Twitter accounts, tweeted from 45, accessed the DM inbox of 36, and downloaded the Twitter Data of 7.