Suspected US teen mastermind pleads not guilty to Twitter hack

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The suspected teenage mastermind of a huge Twitter hack pled not guilty Tuesday to allegations he hijacked celebrity accounts to swindle people out of more than $100,000 in a cryptocurrency scheme.

A massive July 2020 Twitter hack has aised concerns about the security of the platform increasingly used for conversations on politics and public affairs AFP/Alastair Pike

05 Aug 2020 06:07AM

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WASHINGTON: The suspected teenage mastermind of a huge Twitter hack pled not guilty Tuesday (Aug 4) to allegations he hijacked celebrity accounts to swindle people out of more than US$100,000 in a cryptocurrency scheme.

The 17-year-old Tampa, Florida resident pled not guilty before a state court, during a short hearing conducted via videoconference, according to the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.

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He was arrested Friday along with two others, aged 19 and 22, one of whom lives in Britain, and was charged with cyber fraud.

Investigators viewed the 17-year-old as the mastermind behind the mid-July cyberattack that rocked Twitter.

Hackers who accessed dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts gained access to the system with an attack that tricked a handful of employees into giving up their credentials, according to a company update.

The hackers "targeted a small number of employees through a phone spear phishing attacRead More – Source