US and UK Teenagers Arrested in Connection with Twitter hack


Law enforcement within the US and UK have charged three individuals believed to be chargeable for the huge Twitter hack that took over the accounts of politicians, celebrities and outstanding figures within the tech business in an try to scam individuals around the world out of bitcoin.

The three male suspects embody a 19 year old from the UK, a 22 year old from Orlando and an adolescent from Tampa, Florida. The 17 year previous teenager was arrested last week in Tampa and he faces 30 felony charges for his part in the hack.

Regardless of being the youngest of the group, {the teenager} from Florida was really the ring chief of the hacking scam and he is being prosecuted as an grownup since Florida regulation permits minors to be charged as adults in monetary fraud circumstances. Safety specialists weren’t stunned by this although, because the novice nature of the operation, in addition to its members’ willingness to debate the hack with reporters on-line, ran opposite to the way in which wherein cybercriminals typically function.

In the US, investigators from the Internal Income Service (IRS) have been in a position to determine two of the hackers simply by analyzing their bitcoin transactions including those they tried to maintain nameless.

Twitter hack aftermath

Last month the group of younger hackers took management of the accounts of main public figures and companies together with Joe Bide, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Apple and others. They then used the recognition of those accounts and their tens of millions of followers to ship out a sequence of tweets wherein they informed customers that they might obtain double their cash if they despatched bitcoin to a particular tackle on-line.

The hack lasted a number of hours and to forestall any extra compromised accounts from tweeting out the message, Twitter suspended all verified accounts with a blue verify mark from sending out any tweets in any respect.

The social media big just lately stated that the hack was the results of a spear-phishing assault. Not like a conventional phishing assault the place scammers ship out a fraudulent message to try to harvest as many consumer credentials as doable, in spear-phishing assault hackers undertake the identity of an individual recognized to their goal to extend the probability of success.

Whereas the current Twitter hack was the first of its sort, the attackers behind it solely ended up making around $120,000 in bitcoin from their victims. Hopefully although, others do not attempt to follow of their footsteps now that these behind the hack have been taken into custody by regulation enforcement.