12.5 C
New York
Friday, October 2, 2020
Home News Three individuals across Florida and the UK now charged with Twitter hack

Three individuals across Florida and the UK now charged with Twitter hack

The suspect was found by the Feds, but will be prosecuted in his hometown.


Update, July 31 (3:30 pm ET): Two more individuals arrested in connection with Twitter hacks.

What you need to know

  • Local authorities in Hilsborough Country, FL have arrested a 17-year old male for the recent high-profile Twitter hacks that plagued celebrities and scammed dozens of regular citizens.
  • The suspect has been charged with 30 felony counts including organized fraud and communications fraud.
  • The suspect was discovered through a coordinated, nationwide search by the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice.

Less than two weeks after a series of targeted, high profile Twitter hacks on prominent celebrities, business leaders, and politicians such as Elon Musk and former President Barrack Obama, a suspect in the attacks has finally been arrested and charged with 30 counts of felony fraud. The suspect was able to funnel over $100,000 worth of Bitcoin from over 30 victims, and also faces charges for fraudulent use of personal information.

According to a report by local NBC affiliate News Channel 8 in Tampa, FL, the teenager in question was apprehended early Friday morning and taken to Hillsborough County Jail after a coordinated investigation by the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice. There is a photo of the suspect available, but no name has been given as he is a minor. There is no official word on whether or not the suspect acted alone, or had outside help.

Not only were these hacks disruptive to the individual accounts who were directly targeted, the security breach prompted Twitter to lock down verfied accounts. Many of these accounts, including those of Android Central, iMore, and Thrifter, were locked down for multiple days as Twitter worked to shore up their firewalls and defenses.

How to make your Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and other social media accounts private

Update, July 31, 3:30 pm ET) — U.S. Department of Justice announces two more arrests.

This afternoon in a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, it was annouced that two more suspects had been arrested in conjunction with the Twitter hacks. One suspect was identified as Mason Sheppard of Bognor Regis in the UK, and the other as Nima Fazeli of Orlando, Florida. Credit to The Verge for breaking the story on this update.


Which is better: Fitbit Inspire 2 or Inspire HR?

Expert trackerFitbit Inspire 2$100 at Amazon$100 at Best Buy$100 at WalmartProsWater resistant up to 50 metersMonitors heart rate 24/7Up to

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go isn’t actually a great Chromebook rival

With the right ecosystem, the base $550 Surface Laptop Go would be awesome in the classroom. For the average consumer,

Here’s where to find Clorox wipes in stock online right now

2020 has been quite the year so far. Store shelves have become routinely empty of certain essential items that one

The Tribit FlyBuds 3 true wireless earbuds have dropped to just $26

The Tribit FlyBuds 3 true wireless earbuds are down to $26 on Amazon. This is the lowest price we've ever