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17-Year-Old Tampa Teenager Charged With Orchestrating Enormous Twitter Hack

TOPLINE

A 17-year old Tampa, Florida teenager is in jail and confronting 30 felony counts for allegedly orchestrating the enormous Twitter hack that influenced several high-profile characters, such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Barack Obama and Joe Biden to market a bitcoin scam, neighborhood Tampa NBC-affliate WFLA reported Friday.

KEY FACTS

The adolescent (who Forbes isn’t identifying by name since he’s underage) was charged with over 30 felony charges, such as organized fraud, communications fraud, identity theft, and hacking, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren stated in a press conference announcing the arrest.

In a declaration, the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office stated the adolescent was that the “mastermind” supporting the hackbut Warren, from the media conference, stated he couldn’t comment on if he acted independently.

The 17-year old was booked into jail on Friday in:30 a.m. local time, WFLA reported, after a nationwide evaluation conducted by the FBI and the Department of Justice.

In total, the adolescent “reaped more than $100,000 in Bitcoin in just one day,” the State Attorney’s office stated.

Twitter issued a statement after the statement saying it “value [s] the speedy actions of law enforcement in this evaluation”:

Critical quote

“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,” Warren said in a statement.

Crucial background

On July 15, the Twitter accounts of several high profile figures have been hijacked at precisely the exact same time, such as Michael Bloomberg, Wiz Khalifa, Kim Kardashian, Warren Buffett, CashApp, Apple and Uber. The hacked accounts posted the exact same concept of a shared Bitcoin scam: “I am giving back to the community. All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled! If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000. Only doing this for 30 minutes.” Twitter afterwards said the hackers could get into the balances from gaining access internal systems using an effective “social engineering” strategy performed on many workers.

BIG NUMBER

130. The variety of Twitter accounts which were compromised.

Tangent

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later apologized for the incident, stating: “Last week was a really tough week for all of us at Twitter, and we feel terrible about the security incident that negatively affected the people we serve and their trust in us.”

Things to watch for

Accomplices. As stated by this New York Times, the hack has been the job of a bunch young men and women. The Times interviewed a number of those hackers to get a story it published last week.

Additional reading

Twitter CEO apologizes for hack, supports some Personal messages were accessed (Washington Post)

Twitter claims Hackers Accessed Direct Messages From 36 Users, such as One Dutch Elected Official (Forbes)

Jack Dorsey claims Twitter Feels ‘Terrible’ After Huge Bitcoin Hacking Scandal (Forbes)

Hackers Tell this Story of the Twitter Attack In the Inside (New York Times)

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