The biggest attack in the history of Twitter: the attacker was a 17-year-old teenager from Florida

In the U.S. on charges of organizing the largest hacker attack on Twitter which has been hacked the accounts of pop stars, politicians and businessmen of the first magnitude, arrested 17-year-old. About it writes BBC.

Самая крупная атака в истории Twitter: взломщиком оказался 17-летний подросток из Флориды

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Attorney Andrew Warren filed against the teenager charges in 30 points for the “sell of people across the country.” In total on this case have been arrested three people, two from U.S. and one from Britain.

As reported in the district attorney’s office of Hillsborough County, among the charges are serious, as organized fraud and criminal use of personal information.

During a hacker attack July 15, among other things, opened accounts, Elon musk, bill gates, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian, for which Twitter calls were placed on the donation of bitcoins.

As shown by available for the world to see a list of bitcoin transactions, a 17-year-old hacker was thus able to obtain more than $100 million in bitcoin.

“In case of theft bitcoin which is a cryptocurrency is difficult to trace and to return — said in a statement, Prosecutor Warren. — These crimes were committed using the names of celebrities, but were the main victims they do not, it is a fraud committed against ordinary Americans across the country, including here in Florida. It is a major crime was planned right under our noses, and we will not tolerate it.”

According to Warren, the FBI, the justice Department and intelligence agencies in several States carried out a coordinated investigation across the country, the result of which was the arrest of a suspect in Hillsborough County.

The Prosecutor stressed that the hacker, who lives in Tampa, will be judged by the laws of the state, not Federal law, because the law of Florida suggests that he can be charged as an adult.

“We appreciate the quick response of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to work with them, — says the official statement from Twitter. — We will be as transparent as possible and will regularly report the details of the case”.

The company’s management also added that it had taken significant steps to limit access to internal systems and tools, while investigations continue.

In the community of information security professionals had the impression that the attackers had misled employees Twitter during a telephone call. Using the so-called technique of phishing, Internet scams in the course of confidential conversation lulled the vigilance of the employees of the company and they have fished out important information that allowed to penetrate into the operating system.

As previously wrote ForumDaily:

  • Twitter accounts of many famous people suffered a large-scale hacking on Wednesday evening, July 15. Unknown hackers have placed in them the same messages with the offer to earn bitcoins.
  • “All of the bitcoins sent to the address below, will return in double. If you send $ 1000, I’ll pay $ 2000. Only do it for 30 minutes,” reads the message on Twitter businessman Elon musk.
  • Similar messages appeared in the accounts of the billionaire and founder Microsoft bill gates, the head of Amazon Jeff Bezos, rapper Kanye West, former U.S. President, Barack Obama, candidate for President of the United States Democratic party Joe Biden, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many other famous people and big companies, including Apple and Uber. Visit the Apple after hacking disappeared messages.
  • Judging by the identical tweets, attacks on the pages of “stars” was coordinated. After some time, the administration of Twitter has detected malicious activity and blocked the ability to post to the owners of verified accounts. Messages of hackers have been removed.
  • Almost simultaneous break-ins for multiple user accounts protected with two-factor authentication, suggests that the attackers didn’t just hacking into individual user accounts, they had at least indirect access to the tools Twitter.

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