ByronPA

That 17 Year Old Hacker

Rate this topic

26 posts in this topic

I know what he did was illegal, and maybe I'd feel diferently if it was my money. But I got some respect for the punk, took big gonads to go after who he did.

Wonder how much time he'll actually get? 

 

 

Three people were charged on Friday for their alleged involvement in a massive Twitter hack earlier this month that took over the accounts of prominent users like Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Elon Musk and used them to promote a bitcoin scam.

The individuals included Mason Sheppard, a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom who went by the moniker "Chaewon" online, Nima Fazeli, a 22-year-old from Orlando, Florida who went by the alias "Rolex," as well as a minor, according to a statement from United States Attorney David Anderson.

The minor, 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, was arrested on Friday morning in Tampa after an investigation conducted by federal and state investigators, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a statement Friday. The statement alleged Clark was the "mastermind."

Warren said his office was handling the prosecution because Florida law allows greater flexibility than federal law to charge a minor as an adult in a case like this.

"There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence," Anderson said in a statement. "Today's charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived.

The FBI said two people charged in the attack had been taken into custody.

"Today's arrests represent just the first step for law enforcement," said FBI San Francisco Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sanjay Virmani. "Our investigation will continue to identify anyone else who may have been involved in these crimes."

A spokesperson for the UK's National Crime Agency said it had searched a property in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. The NCA has not made any arrests.

 

In a statement on Friday, Twitter said it appreciated "the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses."

In this month's Twitter hack, the compromised VIP accounts posted similar tweets soliciting donations via bitcoin to their verified profiles.

Following the hack, there were approximately 415 transfers into the suspect bitcoin address worth $117,457.58, per a federal indictment.

A law enforcement source told CNN that investigators believe the motive behind the intrusions was bitcoin theft and the sale of access to the accounts, rather than an intelligence effort by a foreign government.

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 mins ago, Kml said:

I was surprised that they put his name, location, and picture on the news. He is a minor at 17. I thought there was rulz about that stuff.

 

Yes, there are but he’s being prosecuted as an adult. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 mins ago, BrianBM said:

The funny thing is that the skills he demonstrated may well land him an excellent job, when the system is done with him

That was exactly my thought, would look pretty impressive on a resume. After you convince your potential employer that you are fully reformed. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, FishermanTim said:

When you commit "big boy" crimes, you should serve "big boy" times!

I say nail his ass to the wall with the others, since it WAS an international hacking scheme...

 

 

:laugh:  You guys don't know how this **** works . He just got a job and an offer from Cal-tech if not the IV's.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 mins ago, BrianBM said:

The funny thing is that the skills he demonstrated may well land him an excellent job, when the system is done with him.  Look at Kevin Mitnick.

Lets hope this young man does the right thing down the line.:howdy:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Was this a ‘hack’ or another phishing scheme where they got the idiots to give them their passwords? 
 

There’s a big difference :) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 mins ago, TimS said:

Was this a ‘hack’ or another phishing scheme where they got the idiots to give them their passwords? 
 

There’s a big difference :) 

He phished a twitter employee and got enough information to access the twitter network to get the information. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I feel the same, surprised its not a particular kid from my town

 

When my 17 year old was in 4th grade, this boy in her class got tagged for hacking into the school computer system.  4th grade mind you.  He only got caught because he was bumping up my daughters and two other girls lunch accounts that he liked.  To the tune of about $1500 in each of their accounts.  Big money for a 4th grader no doubt.

 

He got in all kinds of trouble, suspended, all the haus fraus were mortified and shunned the kid

 

I took the exact opposite opinion - the kid is a genious and with the right guidance will go far.  Kudos kid, your only mistake was being stupid and getting caught

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
32 mins ago, Kml said:

He phished a twitter employee and got enough information to access the twitter network to get the information. 

There ya go - humans seem to be the weak link way too often :dismay: 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to register here in order to participate.

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.