- A 17-year-old in Florida was arrested in connection with a major Twitter hack that compromised the accounts of dozens of high-profile accounts.
- Prosecutors filed 30 fraud, identity theft and hacking charges against individuals, calling him the "mastermind" of a "massive fraud".
- Twitter's internal controls were not properly accessed in mid-July in a hack that enticed people to give away at least $ 120,000 in cryptocurrency.
- The Justice Department charged two people with the hack on Friday.
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A 17-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida, was arrested on Friday in connection with the massive Twitter hack earlier this month, which saw reports from dozens of high-profile users, including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama were kidnapped as part of a cryptocurrency fraud.
Hillsborough prosecutor Andrew Warren filed 30 charges against 17-year-old Graham Clark and called him the "mastermind" behind the hack.
"These crimes were committed 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 regular Americans across the country, including here In Florida, massive fraud has been staged here in our back yard, and we won't stand up for it, "said Warren in one Press release.
Shortly afterwards, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a Press release that it had arrested two other people in connection with the hack: 19-year-old Mason Sheppard from the UK who walks past "Chaewon" and 22-year-old Nima Fazeli from Orlando, Florida who walks past "Rolex."
In a press conference on Friday, Warren said Clark was not currently facing federal charges and the state was addressing law enforcement as the Florida law allows more flexibility in the law enforcement of minors. The arrest was first reported by WFLA.
Clark's charges include a number of organized fraud cases over $ 50,000, 17 cases of communication fraud over $ 300, a number of fraudulent uses of personal information over $ 100,000 or 30 or more victims, 10 cases of fraudulent use of personal information and a number of accesses to a computer or electronic device without authority.
Sheppard's charges include "conspiracy to commit cable fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and deliberate access to a protected computer," while Fazeli has been accused of "supporting and encouraging intentional access to a protected computer," according to the DOJ press release support ".
The Twitter hack took place earlier this month when Twitter's internal controls were used to compromise the accounts of prominent people and companies after Twitter employees were tricked into giving a hacker or hacker access to the tools.
The compromised accounts then tweeted that they felt "generous" and would correspond to Bitcoin donations, which according to the DOJ complaint generated more than 400 transfers into the criminals' cryptocurrency wallet worth at least $ 100,000.
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Michael Bloomberg, Floyd Mayweather, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Apple, Uber, Bitcoin and four cryptocurrency exchanges (KuCoin, Coinbase, Gemini and Binance) named by Warren as the victim of the hack. The DOJ said a total of more than 100 accounts were compromised.
Warren said in a press conference that Clark was "not an ordinary 17-year-old" and called the hack a "sophisticated attack on a scale never seen before".
He also warned that the hack "could have destabilized the financial markets" or "undermined American politics".
The DOJ said "intelligence, the United States Attorney, the FBI, the IRS, and our state, local, and international law enforcement partners" are all involved in the investigation and arrest.
Business Insider tried to contact Clark's lawyer, but a spokesman for Warren's office said Clark had not yet been assigned, according to her records. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.