Two weeks after the giant hacking of the Twitter network, the US Department of Justice announced that three people were arrested today (Saturday) on suspicion of responsibility for the widespread cyber attack, in which the accounts of hundreds of many celebrities around the world were hacked and tweeted a link to Bitcoin fraud. It was further stated that indictments were filed against the three detainees.
According to Chief Prosecutor Andrew Warren, the main suspect in the case is Graham Clark, a 17-year-old from the city of Tampa, Florida, who allegedly planned the break-in himself. The indictment filed against Clark includes 30 different counts, with him charged with a felony and attempting to commit bitcoin fraud in order to extort money fraudulently.
An initial analysis of the incident revealed that Clark and his associates took advantage of a security breach on Twitter, which the prosecution claims was based on “social engineering,” to carry out the cyber attack. It was also said that the suspects used internal tools to manage the accounts of Twitter employees, thus gaining broad access to high-profile accounts – which they used for the purpose of fraud.
The other two defendants besides Clark are 19-year-old Mason Shepherd from the city of Bognor Regis in the south of England and 22-year-old Nima Puzzley from Orlando, Florida. Twitter management said in the wake of the indictments that it “appreciates the prompt action of law enforcement.”
The hack took place about two weeks ago when the three suspects hacked into the Twitter accounts of many celebrities – including former US President Barack Obama, US presidential candidate Joe Biden, tycoons Bill Gates and Elon Musk, and rapper Kenya West. The Twitter accounts of many companies, including Apple, Google and Amazon, were also hacked.
As part of the hack, it was posted on Twitter accounts that the account holder decided to donate to the community – with any amount donated to his bitcoin wallet, a double amount will be returned to the donor. Thousands of surfers fell into the trap and transferred money to unknown accounts, when the sting estimated that the hackers brought in virtual currencies worth about $ 100,000. It was further stated that the attackers also gained access to the users’ private message box, and may have read the contents of the messages they sent.
Following the break-in, Twitter management blocked the uploading of tweets from national accounts for several hours. “This is a difficult day for all of us on Twitter. We are all in shock, we are in a terrible mood after what happened,” said site founder Jack Dorsey. We examine the issue and share everything we can once we have a clearer picture of what exactly happened. I send great love to all our team who are working hard to repair the damage. “
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