Police in Spain have arrested a 22-year-old British man in reference to a major Twitter hack last year that focused high-profile accounts as a part of a Bitcoin rip-off.
Joseph O’Connor was picked up by police within the resort city of Estepona about 280 miles south of Madrid following a request by the U.S. authorities to detain the alleged hacker, the Department of Justice (DoJ) revealed on Wednesday, July 21. O’Connor’s detention follows different arrests made final yr in reference to the case.
According to the DoJ, O’Connor has been charged with a string of crimes linked to the hack, in addition to offenses linked to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat person accounts. The accused can be charged with cyberstalking a juvenile sufferer.
The terribly brazen assault in July 2020 focused greater than 130 Twitter accounts, together with these belonging to politicians and celebrities akin to Joe Biden (previous to his election as president), former president Barack Obama, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and celebrities Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
The ruse concerned the hijacked accounts posting a pretend tweet (proven under) encouraging followers to ship funds to a Bitcoin pockets, with a number of reviews suggesting it acquired greater than $100,000 earlier than the rip-off was halted.
The perpetrators have been in a position to launch the assault after concentrating on a lot of Twitter staff in a so-called “phone spear phishing attack” that tricked them into believing they have been conversing with co-workers. The audacious method enabled the hackers to acquire info from the victims that opened up Twitter’s inner instruments. The hackers might then take over the focused Twitter accounts and publish the pretend tweets.
O’Connor’s detainment follows three other arrests in 2020 in reference to the hack, together with that of 18-year-old Graham Clark, who in March 2021 was handed a three-year jail time period by a Florida court docket for his function within the crime.
Clark would’ve acquired a minimal 10-year jail time period for the offense, however his conviction as a “youthful offender” meant he was in a position to escape the harsher sentence.
“Graham Clark needs to be held accountable for that crime, and other potential scammers out there need to see the consequences,” Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said on the time.