Spanish police have arrested a Briton accused of the massive cyber attack on Twitter in 2020

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July 22, 2021, 00:38 GMT

The “hack” affected the accounts of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett, as well as those of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, among others.

How Joseph James O’Connor identified the Spanish National Police as a British citizen who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the famous “hack” case of Twitter, which in July 2020 hacked more than 130 accounts, including those of senior American politicians and celebrities. and companies, according to mentioned US Department of Justice.

The police agency reported that the 22-year-old Briton was arrested in the Andalusian city of Estepona in response to a request from the United States.

The young man appears as a defendant in a criminal complaint filed with the Northern California District Court in San Francisco. According to the statement from the Department of Justice, he faces multiple counts of conspiracy to knowingly gain access to a computer without permission and obtain information from a protected computer, among other federal crimes.

According to court documents, O’Connor is also accused of computer hacking related to the hijacking of TikTok and Snapchat accounts, including Incident involving sexual extortion and cyberbullying of a minor under 16 years of age.

Last year’s Twitter attack affected the accounts of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, former US President Barack Obama, former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg, billionaires Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett, as well as musician Kanye. His wife is Kim Kardashian among others. Among the companies were Apple and Uber.

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The ‘hackers’, pretending to be the aforementioned characters, posted a message on their profiles asking their thousands or millions of followers to transfer bitcoins to a specific account, promising to receive double the amount transferred later. in this way They managed to scam around 117,000 dollars.

Three other people have already been charged in connection with this case: Graham Evan Clark, an American who was 17 years old at the time of his arrest in July 2020; Mason Shepherd, resident of Bognor Regis (UK); Nima Fadli is from Orlando (Florida, USA).

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