Three men have been charged by authorities over the Twitter breach in July that hacked the accounts of high-profile U.S. figures to perpetrate a Bitcoin scam.
Florida prosecutors said 17-year-old Graham Clark of Tampa masterminded the scheme and charged him as an adult – as allowed by Florida laws in case of financial fraud – with 30 felony counts of fraud.
Mason Sheppard, a 19-year-old from the UK was also charged with wire fraud, money laundering, and intentional access of a protected computer.
Nima Fazeli, 22, from Orlando, Florida, was charged with aiding and abetting access of a protected computer.
On July 15, the hackers hijacked 45 Twitter accounts of U.S. celebrities including former president Barack Obama, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates. The profiles were used to share tweets inviting followers to transfer 1,000 dollars in bitcoins to an anonymous Bitcoin address to receive 2,000 dollars in return.