Graham Ivan Clark, a 17-year-old resident in Tampa, Florida, was arrested for hacking outstanding Twitter accounts and scamming folks with a “Bit-Con” hoax on July 15.
Hillsborough State Lawyer Andrew Warren introduced 30 felony fees in opposition to Clark for “scamming folks throughout America, perpetrating the ‘Bit-Con’ hack of outstanding Twitter accounts together with Invoice Gates, Barack Obama, and Elon Musk,” in response to his assertion.
The assertion mentioned that the FBI and the U.S. Division of Justice positioned the suspect in Hillsborough after a “advanced nationwide investigation.” Clark, whom Warren known as “the mastermind of the latest hack of Twitter,” was arrested on the morning of July 31 in Tampa, Flordia, his arrest report exhibits.
Clark is accused of hacked outstanding Twitter accounts together with Invoice Gates, Barack Obama and Elon Musk on July 15 and posting messages that directed victims to ship Bitcoin to him, in response to the assertion. He obtained greater than $10,000 in Bitcoin, which is “troublesome to trace and get well if stolen in a rip-off,” Warren mentioned.
“These crimes have been perpetrated utilizing the names of well-known folks and celebrities, however they’re not the first victims right here. This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal cash from common People from all around the nation, together with right here in Florida. This huge fraud was orchestrated proper right here in our yard, and we is not going to stand for that,” Warren mentioned in his assertion.
Clark, who was born in 2003, will likely be prosecuted in Florida, the place the legislation “permits minors to be charged as adults in monetary fraud instances equivalent to this when acceptable,” in response to the assertion.
“I need to congratulate our federal legislation enforcement companions—the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Northern District of California, the FBI, the IRS, and the Secret Service—in addition to the Florida Division of Regulation enforcement. They labored rapidly to research and establish the perpetrator of a classy and in depth fraud,” Warren mentioned.
Twitter responded by thanking legislation enforcement for its “swift actions,” and mentioned it could proceed to cooperate with the investigation.