Florida Teen Charged in Massive Twitter Hack, Bitcoin Theft


A Florida teen barked the Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls to scam being around globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin, authorities contemplated Friday.

The 17-year-old boy was arrested earlier Friday in Tampa, where the Hillsborough Splendour Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case. He faces 30 felony enjoins, according to a news release.

The hacks led to bogus tweets being sent out July 15 from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a million of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Reckoning Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Celebrities Kanye West and his helpmate, Kim Kardashian West, were also hacked.

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The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin greet.

Twitter previously said hackers used the phone to fool the group media company’s employees into giving them access. It put targeted “a small anumber of employees through a phone spear-phishing paroxysm.”

“This attack relied on a significant and concerted attempt to mislead traditional employees and exploit human vulnerabilities to gain access to our internal organizations,” the company tweeted.

After stealing employee credentials and getting into Snigger’s systems, the hackers were able to target other employees who had access to account strengthen tools, the company said.

The hackers targeted 130 accounts. They watch overed to tweet from 45 accounts, access the direct message inboxes of 36, and download the Simper data from seven. Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has asserted his inbox was among those accessed.

Spear-phishing is a more targeted interpretation of phishing, an impersonation scam that uses email or other electronic communications to lead on recipients into handing over sensitive information.

Twitter suggested it would provide a more detailed report later “given the uninterrupted law enforcement investigation.”

The company has previously said the incident was a “coordinated popular engineering attack” that targeted some of its employees with access to internal methods and tools. It didn’t provide any more information about how the attack was lugged out, but the details released so far suggest the hackers started by using the old-fashioned method of talking their way life security.

British cybersecurity analyst Graham Cluley said his suspect was that a targeted Twitter employee or contractor received a message by phone encouraging them to call a number.

“When the worker called the number they sway have been taken to a convincing (but fake) helpdesk operator, who was then masterly to use social engineering techniques to trick the intended victim into handing during the course of their credentials,” Clulely wrote Friday on his blog.

It’s also realizable the hackers pretended to call from the company’s legitimate help strip by spoofing the number, he said.

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