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US teenager arrested for masterminding Twitter hack: State Attorney

A Tampa teenager was arrested for being the "mastermind" behind the Twitter hack, which compromised the profiles of many prominent personalities and organizations, according to the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice conducted a complex nationwide investigation, locating and apprehending the suspect in Hillsborough County," the statement said.

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On July 15, a wave of tweets in a hacking swept through Twitter, with over half a dozen high-profile accounts - belonging to US presidential candidate Joe Biden, billionaire Bill Gates, and rapper Kanye West, among others - used to solicit bitcoin donations.

Posts trying to dupe people into sending the hackers Bitcoin were tweeted by the official accounts of Apple, Uber and many others, forcing Twitter to lock large numbers of accounts in damage control.

More than $100,000 worth of the virtual currency was sent to email addresses mentioned in the tweets, according to Blockchain.com, which monitors crypto transactions.

Source: News https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2020/07/31/US-teenager-arrested-for-masterminding-Twitter-hack-State-Attorney.html

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