UK man arrested for giant Twitter hack that targeted Biden, Musk in 2020

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A UK man became once arrested in Spain for his alleged role in a broad hack of excessive-profile Twitter accounts that targeted politicians and celebrities in 2020, the US Division of Justice mentioned Wednesday.

Spanish Nationwide Police arrested 22-one year-worn Joseph O’Connor on behalf of US authorities. In a criminal criticism filed in federal court in San Francisco, O’Connor became once also charged with computer intrusions related to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat client accounts, alongside with cyberstalking a juvenile. O’Connor became once charged with a filled with 10 counts.

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Hackers took over higher than 130 accounts, at the side of these of Joe Biden, Elon MuskInvoice GatesKanye West and Barack Obama, in July 2020 and duped americans into sending higher than $100,000 of Bitcoin to addresses cited in the tweets. The favored hack raised concerns about whether or now not Twitter became once doing adequate to present protection to the safety of its customers earlier than the US presidential election.

Twitter mentioned the hack became once the outcomes of a “coordinated social engineering attack” on its staff.

O’Connor is now not in any appreciate times the excellent particular individual that’s been arrested in reference to the hack. Most bright one year, the Division of Justice filed 30 prison costs in opposition to Florida child Graham Ivan Clark, who became once 17 at the time. Clark, accused of being the “mastermind” at the lend a hand of the Twitter hack, then pleaded guilty in substitute for a 3-one year penal advanced sentence. 

It wasn’t proper now definite if O’Connor had right representation.

Two folks, UK resident Mason Sheppard and Florida resident Nima Fazeli, were also arrested for his or her alleged role in the hack.