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US News Three young people charged in the United States for the hacking of Twitter

02:50  01 august  2020
02:50  01 august  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The American justice indicted Friday three people, aged 17 to 22, for the spectacular hacking in mid-July of Twitter accounts of celebrities, including Barack Obama and Elon Musk , which allegedly allowed hackers to raise more than $ 100,000 in cryptocurrency.

A 17-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida was arrested early on Friday, according to a local justice statement. He is believed to be the mastermind of the cyber attack.

"This massive fraud was orchestrated here, in our backyard," lamented Southeastern State Attorney Andrew Warren.

"There is a mistaken belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be carried out anonymously and without consequence," said US Attorney David Anderson, also an official in Tampa. "I mean to potential offenders: break the law and we'll find you."

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The identity of the minor accused was first revealed, before the American justice decided to keep his name silent.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit electronic fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and intentional access to a protected computer.

Mason Sheppard, alias "Chaewon", 19, domiciled in UK , has been charged with the same charges, the US Department of Justice said.

Nima Fazeli, alias "Rolex", 22, of Orlando, Florida, is suspected of aiding and abetting intentional access to a protected computer.

"This case shows how the strategy of following the financial trail, as well as international collaboration and collaboration between public and private organizations, can succeed in dismantling an apparently criminal operation," said Kelly Jackson, agent in charge of criminal investigations at the IRS, the federal agency that collects taxes.

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State authorities charged Clark as an adult under Florida law, rather than federal, because “Florida law allows us greater flexibility to charge a minor as an adult in a financial fraud case Besides the state case, federal authorities also announced charges Friday against two others for their roles in the attack.

Twitter, whose reputation has been damaged by the attack on network stars, said Thursday that the attack had targeted a handful of employees via a phishing operation by phone, in order to obtain their credentials.

"Hackers of the 1980s"

The hackers "targeted 130 accounts - they tweeted from 45 of them, accessed mail from 36 and downloaded data from 7," the social network said.

Among the hacked accounts were those of politicians, such as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden or former US President Barack Obama, and big bosses like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Tesla boss Elon Musk or Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.

From the accounts they had taken control of, the hackers sent flirtatious messages urging subscribers to these accounts to send bitcoins, a cryptocurrency, supposedly in exchange for double the amount sent.

The sums paid landed in a fake account, created by the hackers, where they received "more than 400 transfers worth more than $ 100,000", the justice ministry said.

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United States . (Reuters) - The U . S . Department of Justice said on Friday that two more people have been charged in relation to a July 15 Twitter hack that took over the accounts of VIPs including former President Barack Obama and billionaire Bill Gates.

Two of the Hackers Charged With Compromising Twitter Are Teenagers. Federal and state authorities believe that the worst security breach in Twitter ’s history was perpetrated by three people : 19-year-old Mason Sheppard of the United Kingdom; 22-year-old Nima Fazeli of Orlando, Florida

"These crimes were perpetrated using the names of well-known people, but they are not the main victims here," said Andrew Warren. This scam "was designed to steal money from Americans all over the country."

The cyberattack triggered a debate on the security of social networks a few months before the presidential election in November in the United States.

Twitter informed that thanks to the tools they had taken control of, hackers had succeeded in breaking through the barrier of two-factor authentication that normally secures an account beyond a simple password.

The Twitter network has been investigating and taking measures to strengthen its protections.

The method employed, a coordinated telephone phishing attack, is reminiscent of "the hackers of the 1980s and 1990s," noted John Dickson of cybersecurity firm Denim Group. "They were very good at scamming people and getting them to give out their credentials."

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