Three people were charged on Friday for their alleged involvement in a massive Twitter hack earlier this month that took over the accounts of prominent users like Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Elon Musk.
Their goal was to promote Bitcoin scam. Mason Sheppard, a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom who went by the moniker “Chaewon” online, Nima Fazeli, a 22-year-old from Orlando, Florida who went by the alias “Rolex,” as well as a minor, 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, had Clark as the “mastermind” according to a statement from United States Attorney David Anderson. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa, where he will be prosecuted as an adult. „There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,” Anderson said in a statement.
The FBI said two people charged in the attack had been taken into custody but the investigation will continue. In a statement on Friday, Twitter said it appreciated “the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses.” Following the hack, there were approximately 415 transfers into the suspect bitcoin address worth $117,457.58, per a federal indictment.