Among the individuals was Mason Sheppard, a 19-year-old from the UK, who went through the online “Chaewon” moniker, Nima Fazeli, a 22-year-old from Orlando, Florida, who also went by the alias “Rolex”. as a minor, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney David Anderson.
The minor, Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday morning in Tampa following an investigation by federal and state investigators, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said Friday. The statement stated that Clark was the “master mind.”
Warren said his office dealt with the prosecution because Florida law allows greater flexibility than federal law to charge a minor as an adult in a case like this.
CNN is trying to identify the lawyers representing the people.
“There is a false belief within the hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,” Anderson said in a statement. “Today’s reload announcement shows that the duration of piracy is disastrous in a safe 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 in law enforcement,” FBI San Francisco Deputy Special Agent Sanjay Virmani said. “Our investigation will continue to identify anyone else who may have been involved in these crimes.”
In this month’s Twitter hack, compromised VIP accounts posted similar tweets requesting donations via bitcoin to their verified profiles.
Following the hacking, there were approximately 415 transfers to the suspicious bitcoin address worth $ 117,457.58, on federal charges.
A law enforcement source told CNN that investigators believe the reason for the intrusions was the theft of bitcoin and the sale of access to accounts rather than an intelligence effort by a foreign government.