Police in Spain have arrested a 22-year-old British man in reference to a major Twitter hack last year that focused high-profile accounts as a part of a Bitcoin rip-off.
Joseph O’Connor was picked up by police within the resort city of Estepona about 280 miles south of Madrid following a request by the U.S. authorities to detain the alleged hacker, the Division of Justice (DoJ) revealed on Wednesday, July 21. O’Connor’s detention follows different arrests made final 12 months in reference to the case.
In response to the DoJ, O’Connor has been charged with a string of crimes linked to the hack, in addition to offenses related to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat person accounts. The accused can also be charged with cyberstalking a juvenile sufferer.
The terribly brazen assault in July 2020 focused greater than 130 Twitter accounts, together with these belonging to politicians and celebrities comparable to Joe Biden (previous to his election as president), former president Barack Obama, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates, and celebrities Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
The ruse concerned the hijacked accounts posting a faux tweet (proven under) encouraging followers to ship funds to a Bitcoin pockets, with a number of studies suggesting it acquired greater than $100,000 earlier than the rip-off was halted.
The perpetrators had been capable of launch the assault after focusing on various Twitter workers in a so-called “telephone spear phishing assault” that tricked them into believing they had been conversing with co-workers. The audacious strategy enabled the hackers to acquire data from the victims that opened up Twitter’s inside instruments. The hackers might then take over the focused Twitter accounts and publish the faux tweets.
O’Connor’s detainment follows three other arrests in 2020 in reference to the hack, together with that of 18-year-old Graham Clark, who in March 2021 was handed a three-year jail time period by a Florida court docket for his function within the crime.
Clark would’ve acquired a minimal 10-year jail time period for the offense, however his conviction as a “youthful offender” meant he was capable of escape the harsher sentence.
“Graham Clark must be held accountable for that crime, and different potential scammers on the market must see the results,” Hillsborough State Lawyer Andrew Warren said on the time.