The suspected teenage mastermind of an enormous Twitter hack pled not responsible Tuesday to allegations he hijacked celeb accounts to swindle folks out of greater than $100,000 in a cryptocurrency scheme.
The 17-year-old Tampa, Florida resident pled not responsible earlier than a state courtroom, throughout a brief listening to performed through videoconference, in response to the Tampa Bay Occasions newspaper.
He was arrested Friday together with two others, aged 19 and 22, one in every of whom lives in Britain, and was charged with cyber fraud.
Investigators considered the 17-year-old because the mastermind behind the mid-July cyberattack that rocked Twitter.
Hackers who accessed dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts gained entry to the system with an assault that tricked a handful of workers into giving up their credentials, in response to an organization replace.
The hackers “focused a small variety of workers via a telephone spear phishing assault,” in response to a Twitter Help assertion.
The large hack of customers from Elon Musk to Joe Biden affected a minimum of 130 accounts, with tweets posted by the usurpers duping folks into sending $100,000 in Bitcoin, supposedly in change for double the quantity despatched.
The official accounts of Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Invoice Gates, Barack Obama and others had been additionally affected.
The incident has raised issues in regards to the safety of the platform more and more used for conversations on politics and public affairs, notably because the US presidential election in November approaches.
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