In the previous month there was a bitcoin and crypto currency attack using top high profile men. The biggest security breach with accounts of former US president Barack Obama, US presidential nominee Joe Biden, Tesla founder Elon Musk, Musician Kayne West and Apple among others, hacked and used to post links to bitcoin scam. Once the accounts have been taken over, the hackers then send requests so that if bitcoin were sent to the accounts they would be doubled and returned.
Graham Ivan Clark the 17 years old resident Tampa, Florida who is accused of leading the hack of several celebrity Twitter accounts pleaded not guilty to all allegations on Tuesday in Hillsborough circuit court. According to the Tampa Bay times, prosecutors have pressed 30 charges against Clark for which he may be sentenced for 200 years of prison.
Clark is a recent graduate and was found in his Florida apartments and was arrested with his accomplices. In the Twitter hack there is 19 year old from the United Kingdom Mason John Sheppard and a 22 year old Nima Fazeli from Orlando. As per a report which cited the court documents, Clark convinced Twitter employees that he worked for the company's IT department. He then convinced them to hand over credentials and broke into the system.
Clark is presently in jail on a $725,000 bail and his bail hearing is scheduled for August 5 where his attorneys are expected to argue for a reduction in the bail amount. The hacker's team totally access at least 130 Twitter accounts of high profile people. In the 3 hours of hack they have received $117,000 and the two others who have been involved with Clark, may face five years of jail and a fine up to $250,000 and while Sheppard was subject to 45 years in prison and fine $7500,000.
Investigators found that hack began with a Discord user by username Kirk#5270 who claimed to be a twitter employee connecting with Fazeli and Sheppard. He reportedly promised the two that he would access and take control of Twitter accounts in return for Bitcoins transfer. The two hackers posted the offer on OGUsers, a marketplace popular among hackers.
The FBI found that the data of OGUser's was hacked in April and information such as public forum postings, private messages, internet addresses and email addresses were posted on the internet. Skimming through this data, the FBI traced the accounts of Fazeli and Sheppard and also found transactions made by them over coin base. They then received the photos of a driver's license of both the hackers, posted as a KYC document on the platform, moved ahead with the arrest. Tampa police arrested Clark on July 31.
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