Spanish police have arrested a 22-year-old Briton for his role in the massive hacking of prominent Twitter accounts last year. The US Department of Justice announced this.
In total, the state prosecutor in the state of California will charge the 20-year-old with ten charges. In addition to charges of hacking and fraud related to the large-scale Twitter hack, the 20-something is also accused of hacking accounts on the video apps TikTok and Snapchat and of stalking an underage victim.
In July 2020, the hacking took over more than 130 Twitter profiles of, among others, former president Barack Obama, current president and the presidential candidate Joe Biden and entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Bill Gates, and company accounts such as those of Apple. The hacked profiles called for an amount in the cryptocurrency bitcoin, with the promise that it would be repaid twice. In this way, the scammers took about $100,000.
A few days after the hacking, three suspects were arrested: two Americans, aged 17 and 22, and a 19-year-old Brit. The youngest of them is seen as the mastermind of the hacking. In March of this year, the now 18-year-old young man pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including fraud, and accepted a three-year prison sentence. However, by cooperating with prosecutors, he escaped a possible adult conviction, resulting in a much longer prison sentence.
After the hack, Twitter said that some employees had been “manipulated” and that the attackers could have used their credentials to access the social network’s internal systems. Since then, access to those systems has been ‘considerably limited’.