Arrest Made in Florida in Hack of High-Profile Twitter Handles Earlier This Month

The social network detailed the ‘phone spear-fishing attack’ that was used to scam Bitcoin

More details emerged Friday on the breach of high-profile Twitter accounts earlier this month, including how it was done and who may have been behind it.

Ryan Hughes of WFLA in Tampa, Fla., reported Friday that 17-year-old Graham Clark of Tampa was arrested early Friday morning and accused of being the mastermind behind the attack.

On July 15, accounts belonging to high-profile users including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden, Bloomberg co-founder and former presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, entrepreneur Elon Musk, former President Barack Obama and hip-hop superstar Kanye West were compromised, with many sharing tweets promising double the amount if people sent Bitcoin to a specific wallet mentioned within the tweets.

Hughes reported that Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 felony charges against Clark this week: one count of organized fraud; 17 counts of communications fraud; one count of fraudulent...



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