A Florida teen has been sentenced to a few years in jail for his function in hacking the Twitter accounts of outstanding politicians, celebrities and know-how moguls and scamming individuals across the globe out of greater than $100,000 in Bitcoin
TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida teenager was sentenced Tuesday to a few years in jail for his function in hacking the Twitter accounts of outstanding politicians, celebrities and know-how moguls and scamming individuals across the globe out of greater than $100,000 in Bitcoin.
Graham Ivan Clark, 18, pleaded responsible to a number of fraud expenses as a part of a take care of Hillsborough County prosecutors, the Tampa Bay Occasions reported.
Clark was the mastermind behind the scheme to take over outstanding Twitter accounts and ship tweets searching for Bitcoin funds, prosecutors mentioned. In the course of the high-profile safety breach on July 15, tweets had been despatched from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and plenty of tech billionaires together with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Celebrities Kanye West and his spouse, Kim Kardashian West, had been additionally focused.
Prosecutors mentioned Clark was tried in state courtroom as an alternative of federal courtroom as a result of he was 17 on the time of the crimes, and state legislation allowed better flexibility to strive a minor as an grownup in a monetary fraud case.
Two different males additionally had been charged within the case. Mason Sheppard, of the UK, and Nima Fazeli, of Orlando, had been charged individually in federal courtroom.
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