Three charged for alleged roles in large-scale Twitter hack


A 17-year-old from Florida is thought to be the "mastermind" behind the hack that targeted 130 Twitter accounts in July


Three individuals, two based in the US and one in the UK, have been arrested and charged for their alleged roles in a large-scale Twitter hack.


Among those charged, 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark of Tampa, Florida is thought to be the "mastermind" behind the Bitcoin scam that targeted 130 Twitter accounts including those of Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Elon Musk.


Nima Fazeli, 22, in Orlando, Florida and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis in the UK were also charged.


Announcing the news, United States Attorney David L. Anderson, said: There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence.


Todays charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived.


"Criminal conduct over the Internet may feel stealthy to the people who perpetrate it, but there is nothing stealthy about it. In particular, I want to say to would-be offenders, break the law, and we will find you.


On July 15, hackers took control of high-profile accounts to send a message to their feeds requesting that $1,000 be sent to a Bitcoin address in exchange for $2,000 back.


As alleged in the complaints, the scam Bitcoin account received more than 400 transfers worth more than $100,000.


A statement issued by the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California adds: "The allegations of a criminal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless or until the allegations against them are proved beyond any reasonable doubt."