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.
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.
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