Daily uk news British teenager, 19, from Bognor Regis charged over Twitter hack that hit Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Barack Obama and stole thousands of pounds of Bitcoin  MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The US Department of Justice charged Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, among other charges.

Daily uk news British teenager, 19, from Bognor Regis charged over Twitter hack that hit Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Barack Obama and stole thousands of pounds of Bitcoin  MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The US Department of Justice charged Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, among other charges.

Daily uk news  British teenager, 19, from Bognor Regis charged over Twitter hack that hit Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Barack Obama and stole thousands of pounds of Bitcoin  MetiNews.Com
01 August 2020 - 06:56

Breaking News ! A British teenager has been charged with hacking the social media site Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and business leaders.The US Department of Justice charged Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer.Mr Sheppard was one of three people charged with the hack, which took place earlier this month and saw accounts belonging to Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Barack Obama hijacked and used to post links to Bitcoin wallets along with false claims that payments would be matched. A British teenager has been charged with hacking the social media site Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and business leaders (file photo) Former US president Barack Obama, the most followed account on Twitter, was among the high-profile targets used to carry out the bitcoin scamMore than $100,000 was stolen in the scam, the DoJ said. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 45 years in prison.United States Attorney David L. Anderson said: 'Criminal conduct over the Internet may feel stealthy to the people who perpetrate it, but there is nothing stealthy about it.'A teenager from Bognor Regis in West Sussex is one of three people accused over their alleged roles in the Twitter hack earlier this month which saw the accounts of politicians and celebrities compromised, the US department of justice said. Mason Sheppard, also known as 'Chaewon,' 19, was charged in a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer.Nima Fazeli, also known as 'Rolex,' 22, of Orlando, Florida, was charged with aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer.The third defendant is a juvenile who will not be further identified, the justice department said.United States Attorney David L Anderson said: 'There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence. United States Attorney David L Anderson (pictured in 2019) said: 'There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Florida teenager, 17, is charged with 'masterminding'... More turmoil at Condé Nast as entertainment chief is...

. 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.'We know that they accessed tools only available to our internal support teams to target 130 Twitter accounts,' said a statement posted on Twitter's blog.For 45 of those accounts, the hackers were able to reset passwords, login and send tweets, it added, while the personal data of up to eight unverified users was downloaded. Twitter locked down affected accounts and removed the fraudulent tweets. It also shut off accounts not affected by the hack as a precaution. adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement 'Today's charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived.'Criminal conduct over the Internet may feel stealthy to the people who perpetrate it, but there is nothing stealthy about it. In particular, I want to say to would-be offenders, break the law, and we will find you.'The criminal complaints says the Twitter attack consisted of a combination of technical breaches and social engineering.'The result of the Twitter hack was the compromise of approximately 130 Twitter accounts pertaining to politicians, celebrities, and musicians,' it says.'The hackers are alleged to have created a scam bitcoin account, to have hacked into Twitter VIP accounts, to have sent solicitations from the Twitter VIP accounts with a false promise to double any bitcoin deposits made to the scam account, and then to have stolen the bitcoin that victims deposited into the scam account.'As alleged in the complaints, the scam bitcoin account received more than 400 transfers worth more than 100,000 US dollars (£76,000).'The defendants are alleged to have victimised the Twitter VIP users whose accounts were hacked. The defendants are alleged to have victimised the people who sent bitcoin in response to the scam solicitations.'

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Daily uk news British teenager, 19, from Bognor Regis charged over Twitter hack that hit Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Barack Obama and stole thousands of pounds of Bitcoin  MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news British teenager, 19, from Bognor Regis charged over Twitter hack that hit Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Barack Obama and stole thousands of pounds of Bitcoin  MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news British teenager, 19, from Bognor Regis charged over Twitter hack that hit Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Barack Obama and stole thousands of pounds of Bitcoin  MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news British teenager, 19, from Bognor Regis charged over Twitter hack that hit Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Barack Obama and stole thousands of pounds of Bitcoin  MetiNews.Com

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