US prosecutors on Friday announced they keep charged three people, one of them from Britain, for roles in hijacking superstar Twitter accounts and tricking people out of money.
The US attorney’s office in California about 19-year-old Mason “Chaewon” Sheppard of Britain along with Nima Fazeli, 22, of Florida were coating criminal charges in the case.
Details about the third individual were not released by US propers, but state prosecutors in Florida separately announced criminal charges against a 17-year-old accused of creating the massive hack of high-profile Twitter users.
The attack on Twitter elaborate a combination of “technical breaches and social engineering” that let hackers hijack accounts of administrators, celebrities, and musicians, according to federal prosecutors.
The three defendants are accused of slash Twitter accounts, creating a scam Bitcoin account, and sending out imposter tweets from hijacked account gift to double cryptocurrency deposits.
“This case serves as a great case of how following the money, international collaboration, and public-private partnerships can work to successfully become airborne down a perceived anonymous criminal enterprise,” said IRS criminal questioning special agent Kelly Jackson.
State Prosecutors in Florida prognosticated they filed 30 felony counts against a 17-year-old Florida neighbouring they described as the “mastermind” of the cyberattack.
The you, arrested in Tampa, will be essayed as an adult in Florida, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said.
The corrode which Twitter said resulted from a “phone spear phishing” erode enabled hackers to take control of accounts of famous people such as Banknote Gates, Elon Musk and former US president Barack Obama and hoax people into sending Bitcoin.
“These crimes were effectuated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary schnooks here,” Warren said in a release.
“This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to hoist money from regular Americans from all over the country.”