Authorities Arrest 17-Year Old “Mastermind” Behind Twitter Hack Asking for Bitcoin
Graham Clark, a 17-year old boy in Florida, has been arrested following an allegation by authorities that he is the “mastermind” behind the multiple recent hacks of high-profile accounts on social media site, Twitter.
The Twitter hack gained access to a large number of top profile accounts like those of Binance, Gemini, KUCOIN, Justin Sun, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, and a lot more. $100,000 worth of Bitcoin was lost to the incident as unsuspecting Twitter users sent funds to designated Bitcoin addresses because they expected to receive double in return.
According to reports regarding Graham Clark’s arrest in connection the Twitter hack, the teen is facing 30 felony charges filed by Hillsborough State Attorney, Andrew Warren as announced in a tweet today.
Graham Clark Twitter Hack for Bitcoin
Among the charges filed against Clark for scamming people across America and other countries including one count of organized fraud, 17 counts of communications fraud, one count of fraudulent use of personal information with over $100,000 or 30 or more victims, ten counts of fraudulent use of personal information and one count of access to computer or electronic device without authority.
According to Warren, the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice had found Clark as a suspect behind the outrageous Twitter attack after a complex and nationwide investigation initiated after the incident on July 15. Shortly after Clark’s arrest, he was booked into jail after 6:30 a.m. Friday.
Warren said Bitcoin being a cryptocurrency is difficult to recover back when stolen in scam events and the proper verdict should be taken.
“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here. 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.” He said.
Twitter, on its part, has acknowledged the latest arrest and thanked the law enforcement for the job well done in an update today.
We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.
For the latest, see here 👇 https://t.co/kHty8TXaly
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) July 31, 2020
Meanwhile, it is also understood that 17-year old Graham Clark, isn’t the only suspect for direct involvement in the Bitcoin hack.
According to records held by the U.S Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California, the two other suspects 22-year-old Nima Fazeli, a.k.a. “Rolex,” of Orlando and 19-year-old Mason Sheppard, a.k.a. “Chaewon,” of the United Kingdom.