The USA Justice Division has continued pursuing these accountable for a 2020 Twitter hack that noticed the accounts of high-profile corporations and people hacked as a part of a Bitcoin rip-off.
A number of folks have already been arrested and charged for the assault, and the DoJ immediately introduced (through The Verge) that 22-year-old Joseph O’Connor, aka “PlugWalkJoe,” has additionally been arrested.
A UK citizen, O’Connor was apprehended by the Spanish Nationwide Police in Spain, and he has been charged with a number of crimes associated to the hack in addition to crimes associated to cyberstalking and takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat accounts. If convicted, a federal district courtroom decide will decide sentencing based mostly on U.S. Sentencing Tips.
O’Connor’s function within the Twitter assault was beforehand highlighted by Krebs on Safety, and in a 2020 interview with The New York Occasions, O’Connor claimed that he was not concerned within the hack. “They’ll come arrest me,” he mentioned. “I’d chortle at them. I have never executed something.”
Graham Ivan Clark, an 18-year-old thought-about to be the “mastermind” of the assault, was sentenced to 3 years in jail earlier this yr. Mason “Chaewon” Sheppard from the UK and Nima “Rolex” Fazeli have additionally been charged within the assault and are going through jail time.
Within the 2020 assault, hackers focused Twitter workers in a “telephone spear phishing assault,” tricking them into pondering they have been talking to different Twitter workers. Utilizing these strategies, the hackers have been in a position to acquire entry to Twitter’s inner instruments and have been in a position to illicitly entry Twitter accounts.
The events concerned hacked into accounts belonging to Apple, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Invoice Gates, and extra. Tweets have been despatched out from these accounts soliciting Bitcoin, and scammers obtained greater than $100,000.