May 10, 2023
Briton pleads guilty in US to 2020 Twitter hack
A British national extradited to the US last month has pleaded guilty in New York to a role in one of the biggest hacks in social media history. The July 2020 Twitter hack affected over 130 accounts including those of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Cyber experts agreed that the consequences of the Twitter hack could have been far worse if O'Connor and other hackers had had plans more sophisticated than a get-rich-quick scheme. The hack showed how fragile Twitter's security was at the time as the hackers managed to use social engineering tricks more akin to those of conmen than of high-level cyber criminals to get access to the powerful internal control panel at the site. O'Connor's admission has not come as a shock though as there was a wealth of evidence in the public domain thanks to the hackers making some bad mistakes or being too loud in their celebrations in the aftermath of the hack.
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