Washington DC Field Office Cyber Crimes Unit analyzed the blockchain and de-anonymized bitcoin transactions allowing for the identification of two different hackers, one of whom was a 17-year old suspect that was arrested for the recent Twitter hack
Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old suspect related to a recent hack of Twitter, where hackers leveraged an internal Twitter tool to take over a slew of high profile accounts.
Local Florida outlet WFLA was first to report the arrest.
Court documents were not ready at press time as they are, per a spokesperson for the Office of the State Attorney for Florida's 13th Judicial Circuit, still being reviewed for redactions.
The specific charges included organized fraud, communications fraud, fraudulent use of personal information, and access to a computer or electronic device without authority, according to a press release from the State Attorney in Hillsborough County, Florida.
“He's a 17-year-old kid who just graduated high school, but make no mistake, this was not an ordinary 17-year-old. This was a highly sophisticated attack on a magnitude not seen before,” the State Attorney said in a video statement.
“The fact that it was just $100,000 in one day is just because it was caught pretty quickly. But keep in mind, that besides the amount of money stolen, it could could have destabilized financial markets, both in America and across the globe, because he had access to powerful politicians' accounts. He could have undermined American politics as well as international diplomacy,” the statement added.
The Department of Justice also announced charges against two other suspects in the hack. Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, of Bognor Regis, in the United Kingdom, and Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex,” 22, of Orlando, Florida.
Kelly R. Jackson, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the Washington D.C. Field Office, said in a statement, “The public was confused, and everyone wanted answers. We can now start answering those questions thanks to the work of IRS-CI cyber-crime experts and our law enforcement partners. Washington DC Field Office Cyber Crimes Unit analyzed the blockchain and de-anonymized bitcoin transactions allowing for the identification of two differ...