Earlier, it was reported that a massive cyberattack was launched on the social network Twitter. The perpetrators hacked into accounts of high-profile figures like celebrities and politicians. As a result, they scammed users into sending them Bitcoin. Los Angeles Times reported that on Friday last week the authorities identified and arrested the three hackers behind the Twitter crime. One of them turned out to be a teenager.
The article in the LA Times identifies the three Twitter hackers arrested. They are Graham Ivan Clark, age 17, Mason Sheppard, age 19, and Nima Fazeli, age 22. Both Clark and Fazeli are from Florida, while Sheppard is from the UK. Clark will be facing 30 felony charges. Among those are charges for unauthorized access to computers, organized fraud, and the use of personal information for fraudulent purposes, among others. This information appeared in the news release by WFLA.
According to The Guardian, the Twitter hack lasted for several hours. After that, the social network had to stop any tweeting activity on the victims’ accounts. The crime resulted in a loss of over $100,000 in Bitcoin across many users of the platform. Clark, the teenager in charge of the crime, will be prosecuted in the state court of Hillsborough. That is because he can then face charges as an adult.