It became known that as part of the investigation into the largest in the history of Twitter hacking of accounts of celebrities and large companies for the purpose of cryptocurrency fraud, three people were taken into custody, the youngest of whom is only 17 years old. We are talking about a recent incident when attackers hacked into the accounts of Apple, Uber, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and other celebrities, after which they offered to double any payment in Bitcoin on their behalf.
The main suspect in this case was a 17-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida. His name has not been disclosed, but, according to the investigation, it is he who is the “ideological inspirer” of the largest hacking of accounts in Twitter history. In addition to him, alleged accomplices were detained. Law enforcement officials believe they are 22-year-old Nima Fazeli from Orlando, who used the nickname “Rolex”, and 19-year-old Mason Sheppard from Great Britain, known as “Chaewon”.
Faseli faces five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine for hacking computers, according to the charges. Sheppard is charged with computer hacking, conspiracy to commit fraud using electronic means, and conspiracy to launder money. The maximum punishment for these crimes is a 20-year prison term and a fine of $ 250,000. As for the alleged minor organizer, he was charged with more than 30 criminal offenses, including organized fraud, communications fraud, identity theft and hacking computers.
Law enforcement documents say that the teenager “gained access” to computer systems or Twitter networks “for the purpose of developing and implementing the scheme,” but it is unclear whether he interacted with the internal administration tool of the social network or simply gained access to hacked accounts.
“This could have colossal consequences, including destabilizing financial markets in America and around the world. Because he had access to the Twitter accounts of influential politicians, he could undermine politics and international diplomacy. This is not a game, but a serious crime with serious consequences“Said State Attorney Andrew Warren.
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