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Un Joven de Florida arrestado por “piratear” cuentas de Obama, Gates y Musk

The accounts of the virtual Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, were also hacked; from the owner of Amazon, the artist Kanye West and those of Uber and Apple…..

A 17-year-old from Tampa (West Florida) was arrested Friday as an alleged perpetrator of the massive ‘hack’ to Twitter accounts, including those of former President Barack Obama and billionaires Bill Gates and Elon Musk, as part of a scam that offered payments in the virtual currency Bitcoin.

Graham Clark was arrested this Friday in his city apartment and, according to Hillsborough County District Attorney Andrew Warren, in a video on Twitter this teenager was “the thinking mind that carried out the attack.”

Warren explained that the teenager, who is already in prison, has been charged with a total of thirty crimes including organized fraud, wire fraud, identity theft and electronic piracy, crimes that were organized ‘in our own backyard. ‘.

In addition to those of Obama, Gates and Musk, the accounts of the virtual Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, were also hacked; from Amazon owner Jeff Bezos; from the artist Kanye West and the companies Uber and Apple.

‘This individual’s crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the primary victims. This fraud was designed to steal money from thousands of Americans across the country, ‘added the prosecutor.

The hackers published similar messages on July 15 that offered to double the money that users entered in Bitcoin to a virtual cryptocurrency wallet.

‘I am giving back to the community! All Bitcoin entered at the following address will be returned in duplicate! If you send $ 1,000, I’ll give you $ 2,000 back. I’ll only do it for 30 minutes, ‘stated a message on Joseph Biden’s account.

A similar message on the account of Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, promised to distribute 50 million dollars, while Uber promised 100.

‘Due to COVID-19 we are returning $ 10 million in Bitcoin. All payments sent to our address will be returned doubled, ‘noted the message in the account of the shared transport company.

Twitter recognized the breach in its security system and maintains an internal investigation into it. This Thursday revealed in a statement that the incident occurred when attacking company employees through ‘phishing’.

This technique captures private data by falsifying pages that users know, which are duplicated and request that the confidential data that they want to obtain be entered into it.

Warren also explained that Clark had access to the accounts of these personalities by committing a Twitter worker after which he sold access to those accounts that requested money in the form of Bitcoin promising that he would donate twice as much as was entered.

The ‘hacking’ was a show of force from the hackers and its consequences could have been greater given the importance of the affected accounts if their authors had had other objectives than asking for money for Bitcoin.

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