The fraudulent scheme hacked Twitter accounts of people like Joe Biden, Bill Gates and Kanye West.
U.S. authorities have charged a Florida teenager and two others with perpetrating or assisting this month’s massive hack of high-profile Twitter accounts, including presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — an attack that also led to an hourslong blockage that prevented President Donald Trump and other prominent users from posting.
The state attorney in Tampa Bay’s Hillsborough County, Fla., announced Friday that Graham Ivan Clark, 17, is the alleged “mastermind” behind the July 15 Twitter breach that sent fraudulent tweets from accounts belonging to, among others, former President Barack Obama, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and rapper Kanye West. The tweets asked people to send Bitcoin contributions to a mysterious address, with promises of doubling them.
The Justice Department separately announced that Mason Sheppard, 19, of the United Kingdom and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Fla., have also been charged in the Northern District of California with taking part in the scheme.
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