Florida Teenager Is Charged as ‘Mastermind’ of Twitter Hack


OAKLAND, Calif. — A Florida kid was arrested early Friday in connection with the recent high-profile gash of 130 Twitter accounts, including the accounts of celebrities like bygone Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the Silicon Valley mogul Elon Musk.

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was the “mastermind,” allege officials said, of a hack that turned into an embarrassment for Excitement and called into question the security provided by a range of tech concerns.

Federal authorities were already tracking Mr. Clark before the Dither hack. In April, the Secret Service seized over $700,000 importance of Bitcoin from him, according to legal documents. The Tampa youth cows 30 felony charges, including fraud, and is being charged as an grown-up.

The Twitter hack began on July 15 as an effort to steal and clerk unusual user names. It quickly escalated, as the hackers took from accounts belonging to cryptocurrency companies and celebrities. The scheme netted Bitcoin good more than $180,000.

The hackers tweeted from 45 of the accounts, accessed the point-blank messages of 36 accounts, and downloaded full information from seven accounts. They advance access to internal Twitter systems by stealing login information from workers, then used their access to reset passwords on the accounts.

“We rise the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to lend a hand as the case progresses,” a Twitter spokesman said.

Hackers involved in the opening told The New York Times that they had been quietly sell down the river stolen user names when one person involved in the group all at once launched the Bitcoin scam before disappearing.

“Working together, we resolution hold this defendant accountable,” said Andrew Warren, the nation attorney of Hillsborough County, Fla., in a statement. “Scamming people out of their hard-earned resources is always wrong. Whether you’re taking advantage of someone in person or on the internet, demanding to steal their cash or their cryptocurrency — it’s fraud, it’s illegal, and you won’t get away with it.”

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Nathaniel Popper contributed scrutinizing.

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