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Tampa teen charged for massive Twitter hack
Quote:A Florida teenager is accused of being the "mastermind" behind a massive Twitter hack earlier this month that hijacked the accounts of dozens of high-profile politicians, celebrities and businesses to peddle a bitcoin scam. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 felony charges against seventeen-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, who was arrested Friday.

Twitter on Thursday said the hack -- which targeted the accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Barack Obama and other celebrities -- was the result of a spear phishing attack. To succeed, attackers in the July 15 hack needed both access to Twitter's internal network as well as employee credentials that granted access to specific support tools, the company said in an update. The hackers' attack relied on an approach that typically involves bogus emails disguised as legitimate ones to fool recipients into revealing passwords or other sensitive information.


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