Florida teen charged in massive Twitter hack, Bitcoin theft

Twitter reveals exactly how bitcoin scammers hacked Elon Musk's, Kim Kardashian's accounts

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 felony charges against the teenager for "scamming people across America".

The state attorney's office said that the teen was arrested earlier today as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice, and that they will be tried as an adult.

Twitter has provided another update on the security breach two weeks ago that saw the Twitter accounts of Apple and other high-profile figures and companies hacked by bitcoin scammers.

The hacks led to bogus tweets being sent out July 15 from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

'This defendant lives here in Tampa, he committed the crime here, and he'll be prosecuted here, ' Warren said. Not all the affected employees had access to account management tools, the company said, but hackers used their credentials to gather information about Twitter's internal processes.

The hacked tweets told their followers to send Bitcoin to a certain address, with the promised exchange of double the amount of Bitcoin in return. The social media company has also "significantly limited access to our internal tools and systems" during the ongoing investigation into the breach, unfortunately impending its support response.

It was initially reported that hackers may have paid a Twitter employee for access to the account tools, Twitter now appears to be denying this.

In all, using credentials of employees with access to internal Twitter support tools, the attackers targeted a total of 130 Twitter accounts, tweeting from 45 of them, accessing the direct messages of 36 (including the inbox of Dutch Member of House of Representatives Geert Wilders), and downloading the Twitter Data for 7 accounts.

Spear-phishing is a more targeted version of phishing, an impersonation scam that uses email or other electronic communications to deceive recipients into handing over sensitive information.

A Tampa teenager was taken into custody Friday, accused of being the "mastermind" behind a huge Twitter hack that targeted some of the world's most wealthy and influential people, authorities said.

It's also possible the hackers pretended to call from the company's legitimate help line by spoofing the number, he said.



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