Remember the Twitter hack that had everyone buggin’ earlier this month? The alleged perpetrator who police say attempted to scam Americans using high profile names like Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk and even companies like Apple, has been caught and some 30 felony charges have reportedly been filed against him. Get this though… the alleged mastermind is just 17-years-old.
Hillsborough State Attorney, Andrew Warren announced today that he has filed the 30 felony charges against the teen who resides in Tampa, Florida. The Twitter hack was posted via the accounts of the a number of celebrity and high profile persons, promoting a Bitcoin wallet and claiming that “all bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled.”
The teenager allegedly made more than $100,000 through this cryptocurrency scam.
The state attorney’s office said that the teen was arrested earlier today after an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice, and that the culprit will be tried as an adult. The hacker faces charges including one count of organized fraud (over $50,000) and 17 counts of communications fraud (over $300).
“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here,” Warren said in a statement. “This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that.”
In a tweet, Twitter said, “We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.”