Police have confirm the arrest three people linked to the recent Twitter Bitcoin scam on accounts of major public figures which includes Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, among others.
A British man, two Americans including a 17-year-old boy from Florida who are in detention are all facing charges for scamming people across America.
The 17-year-old was arrested Friday July 31 and charged in Tampa, where the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will prosecute him as an adult.
According to the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office Clark faces 30 felony charges, which includes 17 counts of communications fraud (over $300), 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, and one count each of organized fraud (over $50,000), fraudulent use of personal information (over $100,000 or 30 or more victims) and access computer or electronic device without authority (scheme to defraud).
“The investigation revealed Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was the mastermind of the recent hack of Twitter,” the office said.
Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K., and Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex,” 22, of Orlando, were charged in California federal court.
“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here,” Warren said in a news release. “This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that.”
“There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,” said U.S. Attorney David Anderson in the DOJ’s statement. “Today’s charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived.” The police added.
Recall that on Wednesday, July 15, the hackers took control of the accounts of major public using their account to tweet a scam asking for bitcoin and they received over $100,000 worth of Bitcoin in 500 transactions, said to be one of the largest ever on a social media site.