A Briton and two Americans have been accused of hacking 130 Twitter accounts of politicians, celebrities and tech moguls to scam people around the world for more than $ 100,000 in bitcoins, authorities said on Friday.

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa, where the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office will prosecute him as an adult. He faces 30 serious charges, according to a press release. Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, UK, and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, were indicted in California federal court.

On July 15, they sent false tweets from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Elon Musk. Celebrities Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West were also hacked.

The tweets offered to send $ 2,000 for every $ 1,000 sent to an anonymous bitcoin address. Hackers attacked 130 accounts, managed to tweet from 45 of them, had access to 36's direct message box, and downloaded data from seven.

Although the charge against the teenager was also being investigated by the FBI and the federal Department of Justice, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren explained that his prosecution is prosecuting the youth in Florida state court because Florida law allows minors to be charged. as adults in financial fraud cases like this when appropriate.

Twitter had previously said that hackers used the phone to trick employees of the social network into giving them access. He said hackers attacked "a small number of employees through a spear-phishing attack on the phone."

After stealing employee credentials and entering Twitter systems, the hackers were able to attack other employees who had access to account support tools, the company said.

Investigators from the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. They were able to identify two of the hackers by analyzing the Bitcoin transactions on the blockchain – the blog where the transactions are recorded – including those that the hackers tried to keep anonymous, federal prosecutors said. (I)

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