The suspected teenage mastermind of an enormous Twitter hack pled not responsible Tuesday to allegations he hijacked superstar accounts to swindle folks out of greater than $100,000 in a cryptocurrency scheme.
The 17-year-old Tampa, Florida resident pled not responsible earlier than a state courtroom, throughout a brief listening to performed by way of videoconference, in keeping with the Tampa Bay Instances newspaper.
He was arrested Friday together with two others, aged 19 and 22, certainly one of whom lives in Britain, and was charged with cyber fraud.
Investigators seen the 17-year-old because the mastermind behind the mid-July cyberattack that rocked Twitter.
Hackers who accessed dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts gained entry to the system with an assault that tricked a handful of staff into giving up their credentials, in keeping with an organization replace.
The hackers “focused a small variety of staff via a telephone spear phishing assault,” in keeping with a Twitter Help assertion.
The huge hack of customers from Elon Musk to Joe Biden affected at the least 130 accounts, with tweets posted by the usurpers duping folks into sending $100,000 in Bitcoin, supposedly in trade for double the quantity despatched.
The official accounts of Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Invoice Gates, Barack Obama and others have been additionally affected.
The incident has raised issues in regards to the safety of the platform more and more used for conversations on politics and public affairs, notably because the US presidential election in November approaches.
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