A teenager in Florida was arrested because of a serious Twitter attack in July, according to the Hillsborough prosecutor’s office.
On July 15, the Twitter accounts of multiple high profile US characters were hijacked in an apparent Bitcoin scam.
Hillsborough Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 felony charges against the teenager for “scam across America”.
The charges include organized fraud and fraudulent use of personal information.
The attack saw high profile reports such as Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, promising Democratic president Joe Biden, former US president Barack Obama and reality star Kim Kardashian West who falsely tweet requests for Bitcoin donations.
“As a cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is difficult to track down and recover if stolen in a scam,” Warren said in a statement.
“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the main victims here. This” Bit-Con “was designed to steal money from ordinary Americans across the country, including here in Florida.
“This huge fraud was orchestrated right here in our courtyard, and we won’t stand it.”
The charges against the teenager include 17 counts of communicative fraud, 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, a count of fraudulent use of personal information with over $ 100,000 (£ 76,340) or 30 or more victims, an organized fraud count and an access count to computers or electronic devices without authorization.
Warren said the investigation to “find out the perpetrator” was a collaboration between the Florida Police Department, the Northern California District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the IRS, and the secret service. .
The teenager lives in Tampa, Florida, and will therefore be prosecuted by the Hillsborough state authorities.
Twitter said in a statement: “We appreciate the rapid actions of law enforcement in this investigation and we will continue to work together as the case progresses.
“For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.”
After the hacking, Twitter claimed that the hackers had targeted their employees “with access to internal systems and tools.”
He added that “significant measures” were taken to limit access to these internal systems and tools as the company’s investigation continues.
According to BBC cybersecurity reporter Joe Tidy, the consensus in the information security community is that Twitter employees were likely to have been deceived by a spear phishing attack via a phone call.
This implies the use of amicable persuasion and deception to induce victims to deliver crucial information that allows hackers to infiltrate a company’s systems.