Famous accounts like Apple’s, Bill Gates or Kanye West were victims of a massive hack that took place on Twitter in the middle of last month. The FBI has been able to arrest all three suspects, as they have been “extremely careless”.
We recall that in that hack, the affected accounts posted tweets with the address of a Bitcoin wallet, assuring that if you sent an amount of money they would send you that amount doubled.
They managed to intervene in 45 of the 130 accounts they had planned, and apparently managed to download data from some of them. The New York Times claims that “the mastermind” behind this operation is a 17-year-old teenager, although two other young people have also been arrested.
This teenager’s name is Graham Ivan Clark, and he was arrested last Friday in the Tampa, Florida apartment where he lived alone. He faces 30 felony charges, including fraud. An important fact is that he is being charged as an adult.
They also point out that at only 15 years old he became part of a hacker forum, and at 16 he was already immersed in the world of cryptocurrencies. Just at this age he was involved in an $856,000 robbery at Bitcoin, although he was not charged with it. Weeks later, his Instagram showed up wearing designer shoes and a Rolex with jewelry inlays.
This time he has been arrested, and authorities claim that through the tweets they managed to collect more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Exchanges like Coinbase said their swift action prevented this amount from being much larger.
The other two young people arrested are Mason Sheppard, a 19-year-old Englishman, and Nima Fazeli, a 22-year-old who lives in Orlando. They allegedly managed to perform this hack after accessing internal Twitter systems (they stole login information from several employees of the social network).
Once they had those credentials in their possession, the three hackers were able to target other employees who did have access to account support tools. In this way they were able to reset the password for these 45 accounts.