A 16-year-old in Massachusetts appears to have actually played an “equal, if not more significant role” in athat targeted prominent celebs, tech executives and political leaders to spread out a Bitcoin rip-off, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
Citing 4 individuals associated with the examination, the news outlet reported that federal representatives believe the teen is instrumental for the hack. The FBI served a search warrant on the teen on Tuesday, according to the report. On July 15, aggressors took control of the Twitter accounts of previous President Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, star Kim Kardashian, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and other prominent users. Tweets sent out through these accounts asked users to send out Bitcoin to an address to double their payment. The rip-off bitcoin account acquired more than $100,000, according to the United States Department of Justice.
Twitter stated that hackers deceived its staff members through a phone spear phishing attack to acquire control of its internal systems. The huge hack raised issues that the business wasn’t doing enough to protect its website ahead of the United States governmental elections.
In late July, 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark in Florida, was implicated of being the “mastermind” behind the hack. The United States Department of Justice likewise submitted charges versus 19-year-old UK local Mason Sheppard and 22-year-old Florida local Nima Fazeli, for their declared functions in the hack.
Now authorities are apparently checking out another teen. Bloomberg, which spoke to the 16-year-old prior to the search warrant was carried out, reported that the teen rejected participation in the hack. The New York Times and Bloomberg didn’t call the private since he is a small and hasn’t been charged.
A spokesperson for the FBI stated that the examination is still continuous. “As of today’s date, we do not have any additional information that we can make public in this case,” the FBI stated in a declaration.