TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida teenager was sentenced Tuesday to a few years in jail for his function in hacking the Twitter accounts of distinguished politicians, celebrities and expertise moguls and scamming folks across the globe out of greater than $100,000 in Bitcoin.
Graham Ivan Clark, 18, pleaded responsible to a number of fraud prices as a part of a take care of Hillsborough County prosecutors, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Clark was the mastermind behind the scheme to take over distinguished Twitter accounts and ship tweets in search of Bitcoin funds, prosecutors stated. Through the high-profile safety breach on July 15, tweets have been despatched from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and quite a few tech billionaires together with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Celebrities Kanye West and his spouse, Kim Kardashian West, have been additionally focused.
Prosecutors stated Clark was tried in state court docket as a substitute of federal court docket as a result of he was 17 on the time of the crimes, and state regulation allowed larger flexibility to strive a minor as an grownup in a monetary fraud case.
Two different males additionally have been charged within the case. Mason Sheppard, of the UK, and Nima Fazeli, of Orlando, have been charged individually in federal court docket.