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An alleged second teen mastermind behind Twitter's 'Bitcoin giveaway' hack

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Sep, 23 2020

Sep, 23 2020

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The accused may not be the sole juvenile responsible for the huge Twitter breach on July 15. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) executed a search warrant against a 16-year-old Massachusetts resident. This was in connection with the massive Twitter breach. 

According to a New York Times report, on September 1, authorities raided the home of a 16-year-old boy. He may have played an equal, if not more significant role in the infamous July 15 hack. Due to this, millions of followers of high-profile Twitter accounts were falsely offered a 2-to-1 'giveaways' for any Bitcoin (BTC) sent. The investigation revealed he might have posed as a Twitter employee or contractor. This helped him to fool legitimate ones into entering their login credentials to fake websites. There, he could then capture them.

 

The teenager coordinated the Twitter attack. He did it with 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, the alleged mastermind. Clark was discovered through his Discord chat records. The teenager reportedly used encrypted messaging systems like Signal and Wire. This made it harder for investigators to identify him. 

The unnamed individual could be the fourth charged. This would be following an investigation by the FBI, IRS, U.S. Secret Service, and local authorities. Graham Ivan Clark was arrested on July 31 on 30 felony charges. Also, 22-year-old Florida resident NimaFazeli and 19-year-old U.K. resident Mason John Sheppard has been charged by federal prosecutors. Clark pleaded not guilty to all his misdemeanors on August 4. It included 17 counts of communications fraud, 11 counts of illegal use of personal information, one count of organized fraud over $5,000, and illegally accessing a computer or electronic device. Clark is currently in jail on $725,000 bail.

 

The investigators have not yet presented any charges for the youth for his alleged involvement in the incident. The incident resulted in Twitter users sending 12 BTC — roughly $144,000 as of this writing — to different addresses posted during the attack.

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