Young Adults Allegedly Responsible for Massive Twitter Attack

A teenager and two young adults are under arrest for the massive Twitter breach that took control over mammoth accounts such as Obama, Biden, Bill Gates and many, many more to perpetrate a bitcoin scheme on July 15th.

The teenager, Graham Clark of Tampa, Florida, is only 17, but he is being charged as an adult, as are his co-conspirators 22-year-old Nima Fazeli of Orlando and 19-year-old Mason Sheppard from the UK.

Although they are all in trouble, it appears to be Clark, the 17 year-old, that scammed a Twitter employee working in the IT department into giving him access to Twitter’s internal tools.

Fazeli is facing a five year sentence and $250,000 fine for a single count of computer intrusion while Sheppard is charged with computer intrusion, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, which could put him in prison for up to 20 years.

Clark, however, is currently being held and is charged with over 30 felony counts, including organized fraud, communications fraud, identity theft, and hacking.

It’s not looking too good for the young criminals, and just goes to show that even massive IT companies are vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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Stay safe out there and remember: Hackers have NO shame.

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