On Friday July 31, a suspected teenage have been criminally charged for being the mastermind of an epic Twitter hack along with two others who allegedly helped hijack celebrity accounts to swindle people out of more than $100,000 in a cryptocurrency scheme.
According to local reports, Florida prosecutors said they filed 30 felony counts against 17-year-old resident of the state identified as the “mastermind” of the cyberattack. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said said he was arrested in Tampa.
Separately, the US Attorney’s Office in San Francisco announced charges against three people, one of them from Britain, for roles in the mid-July cyberattack that rocked Twitter. US officials said 19-year-old Mason “Chaewon” Sheppard of Britain along with 22-year-old Nima Fazeli of Florida face criminal charges in the case.
Details about the third individual were not released by US officials because he is a minor, but it appeared they were referring to the Florida teenager being prosecuted as adult in that state.
The attack on Twitter involved a combination of “technical breaches and social engineering” that let hackers hijack accounts of politicians, celebrities, and musicians, according to federal prosecutors.
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