The 17-year-old who hacked Twitter accounts to defraud Bitcoin last year was sentenced to three years in prison
In July 2020, the social networking site Twitter announced that it had suffered a large-scale cyber attack. The accounts of more than a hundred well-known companies and celebrities were stolen and used to publish fraudulent content.
These stolen accounts all sent messages saying: “We are giving back to our community. We support Bitcoin and we believe you should too! All Bitcoin sent to our address below will be sent back to you doubled!“
Although the news looked fake, everyone couldn’t bear to be eager for money. After a while, everyone sent the scammers worth $100,000 in bitcoins.
Twitter conducted an internal investigation afterward and announced that the reason was that an employee was a “social worker” by a hacker and gave the hacker access to Twitter’s internal tools, and then the hacker could freely operate these accounts to post various fraud messages.
Soon after, an 18-year-old in Florida, USA, Graham Ivan Clark was accused of plotting behind the invasion of Twitter in July last year. He participated in the invasion together with two young people in the UK.
Today, the media reported that the Florida teenager has pleaded guilty and agreed to a three-year sentence and three-year probation agreement. The main reason is that the juvenile was only 17 years old when he committed the crime. If he was an adult at that time, he might be sentenced to at least 10 years in prison.
The attorney general stated in the verdict that the criminal teenager must be held responsible for his crimes, but we also hope that the children who committed the crime can continue their studies without damaging their future.
In addition to the three-year sentence, the Florida juvenile was required not to use the computer without the permission and supervision of law enforcement agencies, and to surrender all his Internet accounts and passwords.