Twitter hack: Bognor Regis man one among three charged

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Image caption Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian and Barack Obama are amongst victims of the hack

A person living in Bognor Regis – on the UK south coast – is one among three people charged over a significant Twitter hack, in response to the US Department of Justice.

Californian authorities filed felony prices in opposition to Mason Sheppard, 19.

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) confirmed it searched a property in Bognor Regis with police on Friday.

A teen in Tampa and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, have been additionally charged in Florida.

US Attorney David L Anderson stated the arrests show “nefarious hacking… for fun or profit” doesn’t repay.

Twitter accounts of a number of high-profile US figures have been hijacked in an obvious Bitcoin rip-off on 15 July.

They included former President Barack Obama, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, entrepreneur Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and actuality star Kim Kardashian West, who all falsely tweeted out requests for Bitcoin donations.

In his assertion, US Attorney Anderson stated: “There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence.”

He added: “Criminal conduct over the Internet may feel stealthy to the people who perpetrate it, but there is nothing stealthy about it. In particular, I want to say to would-be offenders, break the law, and we will find you.”

In Florida, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has filed 30 felony prices in opposition to {the teenager}, 17, who can’t be named, for “scamming people across America”.

The prices embody organised fraud and fraudulent use of non-public info.

“As a crypto-currency, Bitcoin is difficult to track and recover if stolen in a scam,” Mr Warren stated in a press release.

“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here. This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida.

“This large fraud was orchestrated proper right here in our yard, and we won’t stand for that.”

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Image caption Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Barack Obama were all ‘hacked’

The charges against the teenager include 17 counts of communication fraud, 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, one count of fraudulent use of personal information with over $100,000 (£76,340) or 30 or more victims, one count of organised fraud and one count of access to computers or electronic devices without authority.

“He’s a 17 year-old child who apparently simply graduated highschool,” said State Attorney Warren. “But no make no mistake, this was not an abnormal 17-year-old. This was a extremely subtle assault on a magnitude not seen earlier than.”

He added that the investigation to “uncover the perpetrator” was a collaboration between the Florida Department of Law enforcement, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, the FBI, the IRS, and the Secret Service.

The teenager lives in Tampa, Florida and so will be prosecuted by Hillsborough State authorities.

Twitter said in a statement: “We admire the swift actions of legislation enforcement on this investigation and can proceed to cooperate because the case progresses.

“For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.”

After the hack, Twitter stated the hackers had focused its staff “with access to internal systems and tools”.

It added that “significant steps” had been taken to restrict entry to such inside techniques and instruments whereas the corporate’s investigation continues.

According to BBC cyber-security reporter Joe Tidy, the consensus within the info safety group is that Twitter’s staff have been possible duped by a spear-phishing assault by way of a telephone name.

This includes utilizing pleasant persuasion and trickery to get victims handy over essential info that permits hackers to infiltrate an organization’s techniques.