The 17-year-old boy who orchestrated and executed a scam which targeted the accounts of celebrities and personalities, including former President, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Elon Musk has been arrested and charged along with Two others.
Recall that verified Twitter accounts of personalities posted the same message which asked people to send Bitcoin and they would get double your money in return.
Kanye West, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and dozens of others were hacked, and it raised questions about the strength of security provided by Twitter and other tech companies.
Police authorities on Friday, allayed fears that the hack was the work of professionals, stating that the “mastermind” of one of the most high-profile hacks in recent years was a 17-year-old recent high school graduate from Florida.
The culprit, Graham Ivan Clark was arrested in his Tampa apartment, where he lived by himself, early Friday, state officials said. He faces 30 felony charges in the hack, including fraud, and is being charged as an adult.
Two other people, Mason John Sheppard, 19, of the United Kingdom, and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Fla., were accused of helping Mr. Clark during the takeover. Prosecutors said the two appeared to have aided the central figure in the attack, who went by the name Kirk. Documents released on Friday do not provide the real identity of Kirk, but they suggest that it was Mr. Clark.
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