The young hacker sentenced Tuesday to a fine in a Florida court, accusing him of being the mastermind for a violation of a high-profile Twitter account last year, with a three-year sentence in juvenile prison.
18-year-old Graham Evan Clarke faced fraud charges following the hack, in which Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and former President Barack Obama were compromised, among other celebrities. Under Mr Clarke’s control, the accounts tweeted fraudulent messages destroying bitcoin, promising to double the money to send cryptocurrency to anyone.
“These victims were promised that no bitcoin currency was returned,” said Florida State Attorney’s Office prosecutor Darrell Durcus. Bitcoin cost more than $ 100,000 before the plan was discontinued.
The attack controlled Twitter’s internal systems that are used to manage accounts, and led to the massive closure of verified Twitter accounts as the company scrambled to eject hackers from its system.
Breech raised questions about Twitter’s corporate security and sparked speculation that state-sponsored hackers might be responsible instead of teenagers.
Mr. Clark grew up in Tampa and as a child, found ways to trick video game Minecraft players who knew him at the time new York Times. He went on to sell and exchange rare social media usernames on the platform OGUsers, where he hooked up with other hackers Said that he participated in twitter Violation Two other youths, Nima Fazli and Mason Sheppard, were also arrested and faced charges related to the hack.
As part of the plea deal, Mr. Clarke agreed to three years in juvenile prison and three years of probation. He also agreed not to use computers without permission or supervision from law enforcement. If he violates the terms of the deal, he could face up to 10 years in adult prison.
Because Mr. Clarke is classified as a young criminal, he can serve some of his sentence in boot camp. The prosecution said that the cryptocurrency she had commissioned at the time of her arrest turned on and would be used to reinstate the victims of the hack. He will get 229 days credit for time served since his arrest last year.
“He handled the accounts of famous people, but the money he stole came from regular, hard-working people. Graham Clarke should be held accountable for that crime, and other potential scammers need to see the consequences,” Hillsborough said. The state’s attorney, Andrew Warren, said in a statement. “In this case, we are able to deliver those results by recognizing our goal with any child, whenever possible, making them learn their lesson without destroying their future.” Will happen.”
David Clarke, Mr. Clarke’s lawyer, declined to comment on the petition.