Authorities Arrest Alleged 17-Year-Old ‘Mastermind’

Authorities Arrest Alleged 17-Year-Old ‘Mastermind’

Three have been charged in alleged connection with the recent high-profile Twitter hack – including a 17-year-old teen from Florida who is the reported "mastermind" behind the attack.

Three have been charged in alleged connection with the recent high-profile Twitter hack – including a 17-year-old teen from Florida who is the reported “mastermind” behind the attack.

Authorities have charged three people who were allegedly behind with the recent high-profile Twitter hack – including a 17-year-old Tampa, Florida teen that they also arrested and say is the “mastermind” behind the attack.

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said on Friday that Florida law enforcement (along with the FBI, IRS and US Secret Service) have arrested and charged the teen with over 30 felony counts. The Department of Justice (DoJ) announced the arrest of two others in connection to the hack.

That includes Mason Sheppard (who goes under the alias “Chaewon”) 19, of Bognor Regis, in the United Kingdom, charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer; and Nima Fazeli (who goes under the alias “Rolex”) 22, of Orlando, Florida, charged by federal authorities with aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer.

The three are allegedly behind the high-profile July 15 Twitter hack  that compromised 130 accounts of high-profile users such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Apple and Uber – to promote a bogus advance-fee cryptocurrency deal. Warren said the teen was linked to the scheme posting messages in the names of high-profile accounts and directing victims to send Bitcoin to accounts that were associated with him. According to the state attorney, the attackers behind the hack received more than 400 transfers, earning them more than $100,000 in Bitcoin in just one day.

“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here. This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that,” State Attorney Warren said in a statement.

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