Bognor Regis' 19-year-old British teenager was charged with a Twitter hack that hit Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Barack Obama and stole thousands of pounds of Bitcoin
- Bognor Regis' 18-year-old Mason Sheppard is charged with a series of cyber crimes
- He was one of three people charged with hacking Twitter earlier this month
- The hack hijacked accounts of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Barack Obama, and posted links to Bitcoin wallets
A British teenager has been accused of hacking the Twitter social media site and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and executives.
The U.S. Department of Justice accused Bognor Regis' 19-year-old Mason Sheppard of conspiring to commit cable fraud, the conspiracy to commit money laundering, and deliberate access to a protected computer.
Mr. Sheppard was one of three people charged with the hack that took place earlier this month that kidnapped accounts of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Barack Obama, and links to Bitcoin wallets, as well as false claims that payments would be reconciled, were published.
(File photo) A British teenager has been accused of hacking the Twitter social media site and stealing thousands of dollars' worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and executives
Former US President Barack Obama, the most visited account on Twitter, was one of the best-known targets used to carry out the Bitcoin scam
More than $ 100,000 was stolen from the scam, the DoJ said. The indictment provides for a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison.
United States attorney David L. Anderson said, "Criminal behavior on the Internet may feel secret to the people who commit it, but there is nothing stealth about it."
A teenage boy from Bognor Regis, West Sussex, is one of three people charged with allegedly playing a role in the Twitter hack earlier this month in which reports from politicians and celebrities have been compromised, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
Mason Sheppard, also known as "Chaewon", 19, has been charged in a criminal complaint in the northern district of California for conspiring to commit cable fraud, conspiring to commit money laundering, and deliberately accessing a protected computer.
Nima Fazeli, also known as "Rolex", 22, of Orlando, Florida, has been accused of supporting deliberate access to a protected computer.
The third defendant is an adolescent who is not identified, the Ministry of Justice said.
United States attorney David L Anderson said: & # 39; There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be done anonymously and without consequence.
United States lawyer David L Anderson (image 2019) said: "There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be carried out anonymously and without consequence."
According to Twitter, hackers have manipulated employees to access 130 accounts
Twitter said last week that hackers "manipulated" some of its employees to access accounts.
According to Blockchain.com, which monitors crypto transactions, the virtual currency worth over $ 100,000 was sent to the email addresses listed in the tweets.
"We know they have access to tools that are only available to our internal support teams to target 130 Twitter accounts," said a statement on the Twitter blog.
For 45 of these accounts, the hackers were able to reset passwords, sign in, and send tweets while the personal information was downloaded by up to eight non-verified users.
Twitter blocked affected accounts and removed the fraudulent tweets. As a precaution, accounts are closed that are not affected by the hack.
& # 39; Today's announcement of the indictment shows that enthusiasm for shameful hacking into a safe environment for fun or profit will be short-lived.
“Criminal behavior on the Internet may feel secretly to the people who commit it, but there is nothing furtive about it. In particular, I would like to tell potential offenders that they are breaking the law and we will find you. & # 39;
The lawsuits state that the Twitter attack consisted of a combination of technical violations and social engineering.
"The result of the Twitter hack was the compromise of approximately 130 Twitter accounts related to politicians, celebrities, and musicians," it said.
& # 39; The hackers are said to have created a Bitcoin fraud account, hacked into Twitter VIP accounts, sent requests from Twitter VIP accounts with the false promise to double all Bitcoin deposits made to the fraud account, and then stole them to have the bitcoin that the victims deposited into the fraud account.
& # 39; As claimed in the complaints, the Bitcoin fraud account received more than 400 transfers worth over $ 100,000 (£ 76,000).
& # 39; The accused are said to have victims of Twitter VIP users whose accounts have been hacked. The accused are said to have victimized the people who sent Bitcoin in response to the fraudulent requests. & # 39;
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