Prosecutors in Florida have said they have filed a slew of criminal charges against a 17-year-old accused of masterminding the massive hack of high-profile Twitter users in mid July.
Investigators identified Florida resident, Graham Ivan Clark as the “mastermind” of the cyberattack and arrested him in Tampa, Hillsborough state attorney Andrew Warren said.
The attack which Twitter said resulted from a “phone spear phishing” attack enabled the hackers to take control of accounts of famous people such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk and former US president Barack Obama and trick people into sending more than $100,000 worth of Bitcoin.
“This defendant lives here in Tampa, he committed the crime here, and he’ll be prosecuted here,” Warren added.
CANDIIDONLINE recalls that Twitter had in July promised to investigate a high profile Twitter hacking.
The fraud led individuals into lossing million of dollars after the hacked Twitter accounts promised doubling their money.
The compromised accounts sent out tweets promising to double the money sent via Bitcoin within the next 30 minutes.
The official twitter handles of Uber and Apple posted similar tweets with the scam soon after.
Apple Twitter account, with over 4.6 million followers, was devoid of any tweet.
Cybersecurity news outlet, The Hacker News, said the bitcoin account involved had already received nearly $1,060,000.
One unconfirmed report said the scammers may have stolen as much as $10m.
Twitter says it is investigating the issue and later put on hold thousands of verified accounts.