TikTok, Snapchat account hijacker arrested for role in Twitter hack
A 4th suspect has actually been arrested today for his role in the Twitter hack in 2015 that offered assaulters accessibility to the business’s interior network revealing prominent accounts to hijacking.
The United States Department of Justice revealed that Joseph O’Connor, a 22-year old UK nationwide, was apprehended in Spain on a number of fees connected to the Twitter hack in July 2020.
The criminal issue versus O’Connor, submitted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, declares that the suspect was additionally entailed in requisitions of TikTok and also Snapchat accounts.
O’Connor’s role in the Twitter hack is uncertain however he is currently dealing with the complying with fees:
- 3 matters of conspiracy theory to deliberately access a computer system without consent and also acquiring details from a safeguarded computer system
- 2 matters of deliberately accessing a computer system without consent and also acquiring details from a safeguarded computer system
- one matter of conspiracy theory to deliberately access a computer system without consent and also, with the intent to obtain from an individual a point of worth, sending an interaction consisting of a hazard
- one matter of making extortive interactions; one matter of making harmful interactions
- 2 matters of cyberstalking
Three various other suspects connected to the occurrence and also prosecuted were Mason Sheppard (a.k.a. “Chaewon,” age 19), of Bognor Regis, U.K.; Nima Fazeli (a.k.a. “Rolex,” age 22) of Orlando, Florida; and also Graham Ivan Clark (a.k.a. “Kirk,” of Tampa, Florida).
Kirk begged guilty and also was punished to 3 years in jail. Florida State Attorney, Andrew Warren, thought about Kirk the mastermind behind the whole occurrence.
O’Connor utilized the on-line pen names “PlugWalkJoe” and also “j0e,” both pen names related to a “notorious SIM swapper,” KrebsOnSecurity wrote Surprisingly, he did not conceal his identification in an interview with the New York Times, simply a number of days after thehack He also informed reporters that he was British and also situated in Spain.
The 4 people billed for their role in the Twitter hack belonged to a team that wished for accounts with brief, unique manages on numerous on-line systems, which are commonly scheduled by the very early individuals and also described as O.G. (“original gangster”).
After acquiring qualifications that permitted pirating any type of Twitter account, the team began marketing usernames (@dark, @w, @l, @R9, @ 50, or @vague) to the OGusers.com area.
At the moment, O’Connor was a widely known supplier in the area. He informed New York Times that he had actually gained from various other cyberpunks that Kirk had actually discovered the qualifications admitting to the Twitter accounts on the business’s interior Slack interaction network.
In complete, the cyberpunks pirated 130 prominent accounts counting those of political leaders, stars, technology execs (@JeffBezos, @BarackObama, @elon_musk, @kanyewest, @JoeBiden, @BillGates, and also @Warren Buffet) and also firms (@Apple, @Uber, @coinbase, @Gemini, @binance). They additionally reviewed personal messages from 36 of these accounts.
The team of cyberpunks additionally utilized prominent accounts to advertise a cryptocurrency rip-off, taking care of to accumulate greater than $100,000 in a solitary Bitcoin purse.