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Technology A 17-year-old has been charged with 30 felonies over the big celebrity Twitter hack

09:42  01 august  2020
09:42  01 august  2020 Source:   vox.com

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A teenager in Florida allegedly played a major role in the massive Twitter hack earlier this month that commandeered some of the platform’s highest profile accounts, including Elon Musk’s and former President Barack Obama’s, to scam people out of about $120,000 in bitcoin.

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was charged with 30 felonies related to the hack, according to a local news station in Tampa, Florida, where he lives. Though federal authorities led the investigation, Clark was charged by the state’s attorney because, state attorney Andrew H. Warren said, Florida law makes it easier for Clark to be tried as an adult.

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A 17 - year - old was arrested on Friday for being the “mastermind” behind the July 15 hack of the Twitter Clark faces 30 felony charges . According to the Tampa Bay Times, those include one count of “This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country

The 17 - year - old boy was arrested June 31 in Tampa and faces 30 felony charges . LONDON (AP) — A Florida teen hacked the Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and He faces 30 felony charges , according to a news release. The hacks led to bogus tweets being sent out July 15

Two adults — Mason John Sheppard, 19, of the United Kingdom, and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida — were also charged with felonies related to the hack by the Department of Justice. Sheppard was charged with three felonies, and Fazeli was charged with one. There may be more arrests to come; the charging documents say an as-yet unidentified hacker named “Kirk” “played a central role.” This is consistent with TechCrunch’s earlier reporting that said a hacker named “Kirk” was behind the attack.

“We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses,” Twitter said in a statement.

Though initial reports said the hack might be an inside job, given how much access the perpetrator had to the company’s internal controls, Twitter now says its employees were targeted by a “phone spear phishing attack”:

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Authorities in Tampa, Florida have arrested a 17 - year - old for being the alleged “mastermind” behind the Twitter Bitcoin hack that targeted several According to WFLA, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has filed 30 felony charges against the teen, which include one count of organized

Not all of the employees that were initially targeted had permissions to use account management tools, but the attackers used their credentials to access our internal systems and gain information about our processes. This knowledge then enabled them to target additional employees who did have access to our account support tools. Using the credentials of employees with access to these tools, the attackers targeted 130 Twitter accounts, ultimately Tweeting from 45, accessing the DM inbox of 36, and downloading the Twitter Data of 7.

Assuming this is true, it should serve as a cautionary tale. Spear phishing via mobile devices has become more common, especially since people don’t check links on their mobile devices the way they might for a message received on their computers.

“People often overlook their phone because they think of it more as a personal device, not a work device,” Mark Ostrowski, security evangelist at cybersecurity company Check Point, told me back in May when I wrote about how to improve cybersecurity hygiene while working from home.

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Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren announced today that he has filed 30 felony charges against a 17 - year - old resident of Tampa, Florida, who "This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was

Before Democrats even had time to blame the Twitter hack on Russians and meddling in the upcoming election, a 17 year old from Tampa has stolen their thunder. The attacks then allowed hackers the ability to Tweet from celebrity Twitter accounts. Twitter has said it was "taking a hard look" at how it

The details of the hack suggest that Twitter employees should have practiced better cyber hygiene, and there was nothing the account holders themselves could have done to prevent what happened.

“We will continue to organize ongoing company-wide phishing exercises throughout the year,” Twitter said in a statement shortly after the hack.

Details from the charging documents appear to show that finding the alleged hackers wasn’t a heavy lift for investigators. Fazeli and Sheppard’s Discord handles, where they allegedly discussed purchasing access to hacked accounts with “Kirk,” were the same as their handles on a forum for people interested in acquiring “OG” Twitter accounts, which are typically very short (one letter or number each) and among the first profiles created for the service. Using that forum’s records, investigators were able to link those accounts to email addresses, Coinbase accounts, and IP addresses that made identifying them fairly simple. Fazeli, for example, used his real name in his email address, which he verified with his driver’s license.

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A 17 - year - old Florida resident has been accused of being the "mastermind" of this month's wave of Twitter account Sheppard has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to The state attorney of Hillsborough County, Florida, announced Friday that it filed 30 felony charges

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Lawmakers blame Twitter for lax security

Politicians on both sides of the aisle had scathing words and warnings for Twitter in the wake of the mid-July attack, which caused 45 accounts to request bitcoin from their followers, promising they would receive double their donation in return. The hacker also, as stated above, was able to access 36 accounts’ direct messages and seven accounts’ Twitter data. But, politicians stressed, the breach — and its consequences — could have been much worse, and they demanded that Twitter do better to stop something like this from ever happening again.

Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, expressed concern over the security of direct messages in the attack and said Twitter hadn’t done enough to protect them, despite previous assurances that it would. In a statement, the senator told Recode that he felt let down by Twitter and its executives, especially as they promised him they would improve their security:

In September of 2018, shortly before he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, I met privately with Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey. During that conversation, Mr. Dorsey told me the company was working on end-to-end encrypted direct messages. It has been nearly two years since our meeting, and Twitter DMs are still not encrypted, leaving them vulnerable to employees who abuse their internal access to the company’s systems, and hackers who gain unauthorized access. While it still isn’t clear if the hackers behind yesterday’s incident gained access to Twitter direct messages, this is a vulnerability that has lasted for far too long, and one that is not present in other, competing platforms. If hackers gained access to users’ DMs, this breach could have a breathtaking impact, for years to come.

Twitter hacker was previously caught stealing a fortune in Bitcoin

  Twitter hacker was previously caught stealing a fortune in Bitcoin Graham Ivan Clark, the 17-year-old “mastermind” behind the massive Twitter breach that compromised high-profile accounts, like those belonging to Joe Biden and Elon Musk, got caught stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoins last year. According to a profile in The New York Times, in 2019, hackers remotely seized control of a phone belonging to Gregg Bennett, a Seattle-based tech investor. They managed to steal 164 Bitcoins, which were worth $856,000 at the time and would be worth $1.8 million today. Bennett received an extortion note signed by Scrim, allegedly one of Clark’s online aliases.

Meanwhile, others drew direct lines between the threats exposed by the breach and the upcoming presidential election. Sen. Richard Blumenthal blamed Twitter for its “repeated security lapses” and “failure to safeguard accounts” that could have caused the incident.

“Count this incident as a near miss or shot across the bow,” Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, said in a tweet. “It could have been much worse with different targets.”

Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri who has been a frequent Big Tech critic in his short DC tenure, tweeted a letter that he said he sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey even as the attack was happening.

“Millions of your users rely on your service not just to tweet publicly but also to communicate privately through your direct message service,” Hawley wrote. “A successful attack on your system’s servers represents a threat to all of your users’ privacy and data security.”

Hawley then asked how accounts protected by two-factor authentication could possibly be hacked, if user data was stolen, and what measures Twitter takes to prevent system-level hacks.

As Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Markey said, both the service and its users mostly dodged a considerable bullet.

“While this scheme appears financially motivated and, as a result, presents a threat to Twitter users, imagine if these bad actors had a different intent to use powerful voices to spread disinformation to potentially interfere with our elections, disrupt the stock market, or upset our international relations,” he said in a statement to Recode. “That is why Twitter must fully disclose what happened and what it is doing to ensure this never happens again.”

A 17-year-old in Tampa, Florida has been arrested in connection with the massive Twitter hack that hijacked dozens of high-profile accounts

  A 17-year-old in Tampa, Florida has been arrested in connection with the massive Twitter hack that hijacked dozens of high-profile accounts A prosecutor in Tampa filed 30 felony charges against the teen and said the Twitter scam netted more than $100,000 in its first day alone.Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 charges against the individual, 17-year-old Graham Clark, calling him the "mastermind" behind the hack.

As for why arguably the most high-profile and influential Twitter account of all, President Trump, wasn’t affected by the hack, it’s possible that his account has special safeguards that the other accounts didn’t. Trump’s Twitter account was famously deleted by an employee in 2017, so it would make sense that Twitter put things in place to prevent that from happening again. Now we’ll see what the social media platform does to protect the rest of its users.

Update, July 31, 2020, 5:15 pm: Updated to include information about the arrests and details about how the hack occurred.

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