On July 15th, 2020, Twitter faced a huge privacy issue in history were 130 accounts were hacked. The attackers initiated a massive bitcoin scam, which was very soon noticed by Twitter, FBI, and other agencies. Since then, an investigation has been operational, which led the security agencies to three suspected hackers. Amongst the three hackers, one was a teenage boy aged 17 years Graham Clark, a resident of Tampa, Florida. He is believed to be the 'mastermind' behind the entire attack and is also the one who was successful enough to enter the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Elon, Apple, and more.
After Clark's arrest, two more hackers named Nima Fazeli in Orlando and Mason Sheppard in the UK were arrested, Fazeli aged 22 years and Sheppard aged 19 years. Both of the hackers use aliases as 'Rolex' (Fazeli ) and 'Chaewon' (Sheppard). The FBI confirms that both individuals are in custody and being interrogated. An unidentified minor from California also confirmed to the agencies that they sold the access of Twitter accounts to Chaewon. Whereas, Clark said that he got access to Twitter's internal tools with the help of a Twitter employee who worked in the IT department of Twitter.
Fazeli is currently in prison for five years, along with a fine of $250,000. On the other hand, Sheppard is being charged for different cases including, money laundering, wire fraud, and computer intrusion. His expected punishment is 20 years of jail with a $250,000 fine. However, these two hackers are considered to be the middlemen of the entire attack. The hacker with username 'Krik#5270' is the main man. The federal agencies are unsure whether Clark is 'Krik#5270' or not.
Twitter appreciated the services that are working on the case. FBI however, states that the investigation is still going on, and they are in search of more suspects. Their goal is to reach the core of the case and expose every single being involved in this highly illegal act.We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) July 31, 2020
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