They are said to be only between 17 and 22 years old and are responsible for one of the biggest scams and one of the biggest hacks in Twitter history. This trio of hackers, apparently at the origin of the “July 15 hack”, has been apprehended by American justice.
On July 15, this trio of young hackers managed to hack the Twitter accounts of the most powerful: Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, etc. Today, the three accused have been apprehended by the American courts and face very heavy sentences. According to Mac Rumors, the police of the State of Florida, in the United States, would have charged a young man of 17, Graham Clark, with 30 criminal offences including organized fraud, fraudulent use of personal information or even access to a computer without authorization. The young Floridian would have been assisted by two other hackers, apprehended by the American federal police. 19-year-old Briton Mason Sheppard, known as “Chaewon”, could face up to 45 years in prison for conspiring to internet fraud and money laundering, as well as for intentional hacking into a protected computer. The oldest of the three, Nima Fazeli is known as “Rolex”, could end up with a 5-year prison sentence for assisting in the intentional hacking of a protected computer. He is also from Florida and is 22 years old.
“We appreciate the prompt action by law enforcement regarding this investigation and will continue to cooperate,” a Twitter spokesperson said in the above post. For our part, we are determined to remain transparent and to keep our users informed of the follow-up (of this matter). As a reminder, Twitter’s internal investigation reportedly revealed that the hackers had carried out a telephone scam on various Twitter employees. Impersonating other employees of the social network, they would thus have obtained confidential information about the platform’s internal technological tools. Thanks to the latter, the three hackers targeted 130 Twitter accounts and then changed the passwords of 45 of them to post ads urging their subscribers to issue Bitcoins in order to supposedly earn more. More than 120,000 dollars would have been collected by the trio through this scam. “The charges announced today demonstrate that malicious hacking of a secure environment for fun or profit only leads to short-lived satisfaction,” said the State Attorney General for the Northern District of California, David Anderson. Internet crime may seem low-key to those who practice it, but it is not really low-key. I would like to say to future hackers: go ahead, break the law, we will find you.”