Authorities continue to raid participants in July 2020 Twitter hacks celebrities. It’s the Spanish National Police arrested UK citizen Joseph O’Connor at the request of the US for his alleged involvement in compromising over 130 Twitter accounts. Officials did not explain in detail how O’Connor contributed to the campaign, but O’Connor was also accused of hijacking TikTok and Snapchat accounts, as well as cyberstalking “juvenile” victims.
O’Connor faces a total of ten charges, including six for unauthorized access to a computer, two for cyberstalking and one each for extortion and threats.
Twitter is hacking compromised accounts for a wide range of companies and personalities, including Apple, Uber, Elon Musk and eventual US President Joe Biden. The attackers apparently used social engineering to gain access to internal Twitter tools and promote Bitcoin fraud. It didn’t take long for police to arrest the alleged mastermind, teenage hacker Graham Ivan Clark, who later pleaded guilty to 30 charges.
O’Connor’s arrest will not bring down the criminal organization. However, it is obvious that the American authorities want to send a message to potential hackers on social networks – these perpetrators risk serious accusations, even if they are not primarily responsible for the attacks.
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