The FBI, IRS, US Secret Service and Florida law enforcement arrested a 17-year-old Florida resident this morning and accused him of “mastering” the latest Twitter bitcoin hack. Over 130 accounts were compromised, with dozens of sending promises of doubling bitcoin, including high-profile names such as Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Kanye West.
At a news conference, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren Graham Clark described Graham Clark as having committed the attack and laid out 30 charges, including hacking, organized fraud, identity theft and communications fraud.
“These crimes were committed with the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the main victims here. This “Bit-Con” was designed to steal money from ordinary Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This huge fraud was orchestrated right here in our garden, and we will not be responsible for it, ”said Attorney General Warren.
Warren explained that state prosecutors handle the prosecution instead of federal prosecutors because “Florida law allows minors to be prosecuted as adults in cases of financial fraud like this when appropriate.”
When asked if Clark worked alone or had helped, Warren refused to answer, citing the ongoing investigation. He described Clark as “not an ordinary 17-year-old. This was a very sophisticated attack, on a scale not seen before. “Twitter described the attack method as a phishing campaign for telephone spears.
Below is the press release with all the details:
Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office dropped to prosecute worldwide “Bit-Con” hack by prominent Twitter users
TAMPA, FL (July 31, 2020) – Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has brought 30 crimes against a Tampa resident for cheating people across America and hacking the “Bit-Con” with prominent Twitter accounts including Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Elon Musk on July 15, 2020.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice conducted a complex nationwide investigation and located and arrested suspects in Hillsborough County.
“These crimes were committed with the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the main victims here. This “Bit-Con” was designed to steal money from ordinary Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This huge fraud was orchestrated right here in our garden, and we will not be responsible for it, “said Attorney General Warren.
The investigation revealed that Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was the main memory of the latest hack on Twitter. He was arrested in Tampa in early July 31. Clark’s fraudulent system stole the identities of prominent people, published messages in their name that led the victims to send Bitcoin to Clark’s accounts, and reaped more than $ 100,000 in Bitcoin in just one day. Like cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is difficult to track and recover if it is stolen in a scam.
“I want to congratulate our federal law partners – the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, the FBI, IRS and the Secret Service – as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They worked quickly to investigate and identify the perpetrator of a sophisticated and extensive fraud, says Attorney General Warren.
“This defendant lives here in Tampa, he committed the crime here, and he will be charged here,” Warren added. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office is prosecuting Clark because Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in cases of financial fraud such as this when appropriate. The FBI and the Department of Justice continue to cooperate with the office throughout the indictment.
The specific fees that Clark faces are:
ORGANIZED FRAUD (OVER $ 50,000) – 1 bill
COMMUNICATION JOY (OVER $ 300) – 17 bills
Fraud USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION (OVER $ 100,000 OR 30 OR MORE VICTIMS) – 1 BILL
Fraudulent USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION – 10 bills
ACCESS TO COMPUTER OR ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITHOUT AUTHORITY (SCHEDULE OF FRAUD) – 1 COUNT
“We work together and hold this defendant accountable,” Warren said. “Scamming people from their hard-earned money is always wrong. Whether you’re taking advantage of someone or the internet and trying to steal their money or their cryptocurrency – it’s fraud, it’s illegal and you will not get away with it. “