The British teenage boy who was accused of hacking Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin was described today as a "nice boy" whose father passed away about five years ago.
The U.S. Department of Justice accused 19-year-old Mason Sheppard of conspiring to commit cable fraud, the conspiracy to commit money laundering, and to deliberately access a protected computer.
He was one of three people associated with the hack earlier this month that hijacked accounts of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Barack Obama, and published links to Bitcoin wallets and false claims that payments would be reconciled .
Neighbors to the family's £ 250,000 townhouse in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, have since said that his mother Lorraine had raised Mr. Sheppard alone since the death of her husband Mark.
Pictured: The address of the family (center, white door) in Bognor Regis. The British teenager who was charged with the Twitter hack was described yesterday as a "cute boy" whose father passed away about five years ago
The British teenage boy who was accused of hacking Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin was described today as a "cute boy" whose father passed away about five years ago (archive picture).
A woman in her sixties who lived on the same street but wanted to remain anonymous said: “I know Lorraine and she is lovely. I haven't seen Mason in years, but he was always a very nice boy.
“His father Mark died a few years ago – about five or six years, I think.
& # 39; This is a real shock. Nobody here has seen police activities or anything like that. & # 39;
A middle-aged woman was in the family's three-bedroom, £ 250,000 estate today, but declined to comment on the Twitter investigation.
She said, "I have absolutely nothing to say. Please leave us alone. & # 39;
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
17-year-old teenager Graham Ivan Clark was arrested in Tampa on Friday morning
Sheppard, also known as "Chaewon", 19, was indicted yesterday in a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California.
The charges were conspiracy to commit cable fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and deliberate access to 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.
According to the Justice Department, more than $ 100,000 was stolen, according to the fraud with a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison.
US attorney David L. Anderson said, "Criminal behavior on the Internet may feel secret to those who commit it, but there is nothing stealth about it."
He continued: & # 39; There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be carried out anonymously and without consequence.
United States attorney David L Anderson (photo 2019) said earlier: "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; (The) 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 want to tell potential offenders that they are breaking the law and we will find you."
The lawsuit states 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."
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