He is only 22 years old. In Spain, however, he was arrested by the police at the request of the USA. Joseph O’Connor is English and has just been charged by the U.S. federal justice system in the history of the massive July 15, 2020 Twitter hack that resulted in 130 of the platform’s most influential accounts posting bitcoin fraud news.
This is the fourth person to join the list of “authors” of this operation, which the social network Blue Bird has completely left behind. Graham Clark, an American then only 17, was sentenced to 3 years in prison in March. According to the US Department of Justice, Joseph O’Connor would be differentiated by having a history on his file.
The ministry said in a press release that the young hacker was the origin of various computer attacks on Snapchat and TikTok accounts. He is also charged with “online harassment of a minor victim”, reportedly Western France. On Twitter, the judiciary is directed against the English not only because of his intrusion. During the hack, the Bitcoin scam message enabled him to pocket more than $ 100,000 in cryptocurrency.
Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama … the personalities affected by the attack were numerous. Companies like Uber and Apple could not escape the hacking either. In a blog post two weeks later, Twitter reported that the hackers had exploited a human error rather than a computer error.
For its image, hacking was difficult for Twitter. But without them, the path in question the hackers took might have remained open to other, much more dangerous, attacks. Ultimately, spreading a Bitcoin scam message is far less of a problem than spreading false information, especially through politicians’ accounts (Joe Biden was a candidate for the US presidential election and was a victim himself).
Despite the liabilities already charged to the accused teenagers and young adults, the primary aim of the judgments is to make an example and deter other more vicious computer geniuses from attacking American social networks.