A British man, a 17-year-old Florida teen alongside a Florida male were identified as the hackers who earlier this month had broken into Twitter’s system using an emailed malware called spear-phishing and had taken over accounts of at least 35 prominent global figures including high-profile politicians, celebrities and tech behemoths, while a trail of blockchain activities had revealed that the massive hack generates about $100,000 worth of bitcoin deliberately fanned out across a number of digital wallets all over the globe, US authorities had unveiled late on Friday.
Aside from that, according to a local newspaper report, a 17-year-old teen Graham Ivan Clark facing off 30 felony charges according to a press release who would be prosecuted as an adult by the Hillsborough State Attorney General, had been arrested in Tampa, while another accused Mason Sheppard, a 19-year-old British male alongside an Orlando fellow Nima Fazeli, 22, had been charged in a Federal Court in the US state of California.
Tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin account
Meanwhile, in what could be contemplated as one of the most high-profile security breaches in over six months, aforementioned hackers had sent out phoney tweets from the hacked accounts of Barack Obama, 2020 November US presidential candidate and former US Vice-President Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg alongside a swathe of tech tycoons ranging from Amazon.com Inc.
boss Jeff Bezos, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk, while tweeter accounts of reality show celebrity Kim Kardashian and his husband Kanye West had been hacked as well, US Federal authorities had revealed.
Besides, adding that the tweets had offered to send $2,000 for transaction of every $1,000 worth of bitcoin into an anonymous digital wallet during the hacking on July 15, Attorney General for the Northern District of California, David L.
Anderson said in a press release late on Friday, “There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence. Today’s charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived.
” The case against accused hackers were investigated by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).