Authorities have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy who ran a hack scheme that targeted the accounts of celebrities, including former President Barack Obama, Kanye West and Elon Musk.
The teenager, Graham Ivan Clark was arrested on Friday and has been charged as an adult with more than 30 felony counts, including communications fraud, identity theft and hacking, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren announced.
Warren described the teen as the “mastermind” behind the attack.
“He’s a 17-year-old kid who just graduated high school, but make no mistake, this was not an ordinary 17-year-old. This was a highly sophisticated attack on a magnitude not seen before,” Warren said.
Two other people were also charged Friday in connection with the attack. Mason Sheppard, 19 and a resident of the UK, Nima Fazeli, 22, a resident of Orlando, Florida.
The July 15 hack was the biggest known breech in Twitter’s history and left the social media giant scrambling to re-secure the site. Twitter temporarily blocked verified accounts from tweeting in the wake of the attack.
“Keep in mind that, besides the dollar amount that was stolen, this could have had a massive, massive amount of money stolen from people. It could have destabilized financial markets both in American and across the globe because he had access to powerful politicians’ Twitter accounts. He could have undermined American politics as well as international diplomacy,” Warren said.
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