A 17-year-old from Tampa was arrested along with two men on Friday in connection to a breach of Twitter that took place earlier in July.
The FBI and the Justice Department believed Graham Ivan Clark was responsible for hacking the accounts of former President Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Elon Musk, and several other prominent users to push a Bitcoin scam.
Mason Sheppard of Bognor Regis in the United Kingdom and Nima Fazeli of Orlando, Florida, were also charged, according to the DOJ. Sheppard was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer. Fazeli was charged with aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer.
Authorities said Clark was the “mastermind” of the hack. The teenager raked in more than $100,000 in bitcoin in one day with the scam, according to the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office. . .
Authorities believe Clark targeted Twitter employees “with access to internal systems and tools” on July 16 to gain access to the accounts of celebrities and politicians. Clark was given several charges, including one count of organized fraud, 17 counts of communications fraud, 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, and one count of access to a computer or electronic device without authority. (Read more from “Teenager Arrested in Connection to Twitter Hack Targeting Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and Others” HERE)