[Updated] A Tampa, Florida Teenager Has Been Arrested for the Giant Twitter Hack

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The FBI, IRS, US Secret Service and Florida law enforcement arrested a 17-year-old Florida resident this morning, accusing him of “orchestrating” the recent Bitcoin Twitter Hack. Over 130 accounts have been compromised, with dozens of Bitcoin doubling pledges being sent, including high-profile names like Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Kanye West.

Update, 7/31: After publication, the Ministry of Justice issued a press release with charges for two additional people. Mason Sheppard, alias “Chaewon”, aged 19 from UK, is “with conspiracy to commit electronic fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and intentional access to a protected computer “. And Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex”, 22, of Orlando, Florida, has been charged with “aiding and abetting intentional access to a protected computer.”

At a press conference, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren described Graham Clark accused Graham Clark of carrying out the attack and presented 30 counts, including hacking, fraud organized, identity theft and communications fraud.

“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the main victims here. This “Bit-Con” was designed to steal money from ordinary Americans across the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud has been orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not defend it, ”said Prosecutor Warren.

Warren explained that state attorneys handle prosecutions rather than federal prosecutors because “Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in financial fraud cases like this, if applicable. . “

When asked if Clark was working alone or had helped, Warren declined to answer, citing the ongoing investigation. He described Clark as “no ordinary 17 year old. It was a very sophisticated attack, on a scale never seen before. Twitter described the attack method as a phone phishing campaign.

via wfla

Below is the press release with all the details:

Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office Urged to Prosecute ‘Bit-Con’ Hack of Prominent Twitter Users Worldwide

Tampa, FL (July 31, 2020) – Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has filed 30 felony charges against a Tampa resident for defrauding people across America, carrying out the “Bit-Con From prominent Twitter accounts including Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Elon Musk on July 15, 2020.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice conducted a complex national investigation, locating and apprehending the suspect in Hillsborough County.

“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the main victims here. This “Bit-Con” was designed to steal money from ordinary Americans across the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud has been orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not defend it, ”said Prosecutor Warren.

The investigation revealed that Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was the mastermind of the recent Twitter hack. He was arrested in Tampa early on July 31. Clark’s fraud scheme stole the identities of prominent people, posted messages on their behalf asking victims to send Bitcoin to accounts associated with Clark, and raised over $ 100,000 in Bitcoin in a single day . As a cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is difficult to track and recover if it is stolen as part of a scam.

“I want to commend our federal law enforcement partners – the Northern California District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, IRS, and the Secret Service – as well as the Florida Department. They worked quickly to investigate and identify the perpetrator of a sophisticated and extensive fraud, ”said Prosecutor Warren.

“This defendant lives here in Tampa, he committed the crime here, and he will be prosecuted here,” Warren added. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office is suing Clark because Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in financial fraud cases like this, if at all. The FBI and the Department of Justice will continue to work with the office throughout the prosecution.

The specific loads facing Clark are:

ORGANIZED FRAUD (OVER $ 50,000) – 1 count

COMMUNICATION FRAUD (OVER $ 300) – 17 counts

FRAUDULENT USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION (OVER $ 100,000 OR 30 VICTIMS OR MORE) – 1 count

FRAUDULENT USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION – 10 counts

ACCESSING A COMPUTER OR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITHOUT AUTHORITY (DEFRAUD SCHEME) – 1 account

“By working together, we will hold this defendant accountable,” Warren said. “Scamming people with their hard earned money is always a mistake. Whether you take advantage of someone in person or on the internet, trying to steal their money or cryptocurrency, it is fraud, it is illegal and you will not get away with it. “

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