17-Year-Old Boy Responsible For Hacking High Profile Twitter Accounts Arrested In Tampa

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Authorities in Florida have arrested a 17-year-old Tampa boy for his role in the massive Twitter hack which happened on July 15.

The famous Twitter hack orchestrated by the boy, named Graham Clark targeted high profile Twitter accounts which were used to defraud hundreds of people in a Bitcoin scam.

Clark was taken into police custody on Friday, two weeks after he carried out the crime, racking $100,000 in one day.

“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here,” Hillsborough State Attorney, Adrew Warren said.

“This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that,” Warren added.

The Twitter accounts involved included those of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden among others.

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey

Graham Clark has been charged with 30 felony counts, including organized fraud over $50,000, fraudulent use of personal information, and access to computer or electronic device without authority.

Two other youngsters, Nima Fazeli, 22 and Mason Sheppard, 19, were also charged for their involvement in the hack. Sheppard was charged in the UK while Fazeli was arrested in Florida.

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