The alleged second teen brain behind Twitter’s ‘Bitcoin Giveaway’ hack – Cointelegraph


The FBI executed a search warrant against a 16-year-old Massachusetts resident in connection with the massive Twitter breach.

According to a New York Times report, on September 1, authorities raided the home of a 16-year-old boy who could have played an “equal, if not more important role” in the infamous July 15 hack, which resulted in millions of high-profile Twitter followers have been falsely offered 2-for-1 “ freebies ” for any Bitcoin (BTC) sent.

The investigation revealed that he may have masqueraded as a Twitter employee or contractor to trick legitimate people into entering their login details into fake websites where he could then capture them.

The report said the teenager coordinated the attack on Twitter from May with Graham Ivan Clark, 17, the alleged mastermind. While Clark was discovered through his Discord chat tapes, the unnamed teen is said to have used encrypted messaging systems such as Signal and Wire, which would make it harder for investigators to identify him.

The unnamed individual could be the fourth indicted following an investigation by the FBI, IRS, US Secret Service and local authorities. Clark was arrested on July 31 on 30 counts. In addition, Mason John Sheppard, a 19-year-old UK resident, and Nima Fazeli, a 22-year-old Florida resident, have also been indicted by federal prosecutors.

On August 4, Clark pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of communications fraud, 11 counts of illegal use of personal information, one count of organized fraud over $ 5,000 and one count of unlawful access to a computer or electronic device. He is currently in jail on $ 725,000 bond.

The FBI has yet to lay charges for the youngster for his alleged involvement in the incident, leading Twitter users to send 12 BTC – around $ 144,000 at the time of writing – to different addresses published during the attack.

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