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Florida Teen Arrested For Massive, High-Profile Twitter Hack

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Authorities in Tampa, Florida, arrested 17-year-old Graham Clark early Friday morning and accused him of masterminding a massive hack of high-profile Twitter accounts earlier this month.

The July 15 attack saw accounts belonging to political figures like Joe Biden and Barack Obama, and tech founders like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, among others, all temporarily wrested from their owners.

The hijacked accounts then directed followers to send bitcoin to an address, promising that those who followed through would see their money returned in double.

The cryptocurrency was not returned; instead, Clark pocketed more than $100,000 in just one day, the Hillsborough State Attorney’s office told HuffPost.

A Twitter investigation found the trio initially targeted specific Twitter employees who had access to internal support tools.

Using their credentials, they pursued additional permissions available to other Twitter employees who oversee account support, which they then ultimately used to hack the accounts.

BREAKING: Hillsborough State Attorney @AndrewWarrenFL announces arrest of 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark in “Bit-Con” hack of prominent Twitter users including Bill Gates, former President Barack Obama and Elon Musk.

Of the 130 Twitter accounts he targeted, the group sent tweets from 45, accessed the direct messages of 36, and downloaded data from seven, Twitter said.

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office is leading the prosecution because Florida law permits charging minors as adults in certain financial fraud cases.


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