Jul 21, 2021

Spain arrest over celebrity Twitter accounts hack

AFP/REUTERS. Spanish police have arrested a 22-year-old UK citizen in connection with the hacking of 130 high-profile Twitter accounts, including those of Elon Musk, Barack Obama and Kanye West.The hacked accounts tweeted followers, encouraging them to join a Bitcoin scam, in July last year. Also charged with hacking TikTok and Snapchat, Joseph O'Connor faces charges including three counts of conspiracy to intentionally access a computer without authorisation and obtaining information from a protected computer. Hackers took control of public figures' accounts and sent a series of tweets asking followers to transfer cryptocurrency to a specific Bitcoin wallet to receive double the money in return. As a result, Twitter had to stop all verified accounts from tweeting. The social-media company later said the hackers had targeted Twitter employees to steal credentials to access the systems.

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