Teen 'Mastermind' Behind Twitter Hack Has Been Arrested

Recent hack hit several famous users, including Barack Obama and Elon Musk

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A 17-year-old Florida teenager was arrested on Friday for being the “mastermind” behind the recent Twitter hack that impacted a number of famous users, including former President Barack Obama and Tesla chief Elon Musk.

The FBI, IRS, US Secret Service and local Florida police worked together to make the arrest in Tampa. The male teen has been hit with 30 felony charges, including identity theft, organized fraud and hacking, and is currently in jail, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said on Friday.

Authorities said the teen spearheaded the July 15 hack, or “Bit-Con” as they’re calling it, by taking over prominent accounts and asking their followers to send bitcoin to a particular address. The hacker received more than $100,000 in bitcoin by promising followers he would double any payments they sent to his address. Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Kanye West were among the other celebrities who had their accounts compromised.

“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here. This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that,” Warren said.

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