A U.K. man faces extradition to the U.S. right after becoming arrested on expenses relevant to the enormous 2020 assaults at Twitter and other social networking internet sites.
Joseph O’Connor, age 22, was caught by police in Estepona, Spain. He faces numerous criminal hacking expenses in link with last year’s Twitter breach, as properly as a cyberstalking depend in the U.S. District Courtroom for Northern California, in accordance to an announcement from the U.S. Section of Justice (DOJ).
The DOJ promises O’Connor was one of numerous hackers who applied the pilfered qualifications of staff members at Twitter in a social engineering assault. The moment the hackers obtained access to Twitter’s inner administrative resources, they proceeded to seize control of dozens of large-profile accounts, together with those people of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and former president Barack Obama.
The pilfered accounts then generally applied to write-up bitcoin ripoffs, in which the attackers promised to send buyers massive sums of dollars but as an alternative transferred cash from the victim’s account into their have. It was approximated at the time that the scheme was equipped to web properly in excess of $100,000 truly worth of the digital currency.
Shortly right after phrase of the Twitter breach broke, infosec journalist Brian Krebs named O’Connor as one of the probable perpetrators. U.S. authorities, nonetheless, had to get more time in purchase to construct a situation and deliver O’Connor in, relying on assist from both equally U.K. and Spanish law enforcement.
The Twitter assaults will not be the only crimes for which O’Connor looks to facial area expenses. Authorities also claimed he will also facial area expenses of stealing accounts from TikTok and Snapchat buyers. He will also be charged with cyberstalking a slight.
Legally, O’Connor faces a laundry listing of criminal counts. According to the DOJ announcement, the expenses include “a few counts of conspiracy to intentionally access a personal computer devoid of authorization and getting information from a shielded personal computer two counts of intentionally accessing a personal computer devoid of authorization and getting information from a shielded personal computer one depend of conspiracy to intentionally access a personal computer devoid of authorization and, with the intent to extort from a man or woman a matter of worth, transmitting a communication containing a danger one depend of creating extortive communications one depend of creating threatening communications and two counts of cyberstalking.”
Authorities did not even give an estimate on doable sentencing.
O’Connor is most up-to-date suspect to be apprehended in link with the 2020 Twitter breach. Authorities had formerly charged 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark of Florida in the Twitter breach. Clark, who was the alleged mastermind powering the social engineering assaults and bitcoin strategies, pled guilty in March and will serve a few a long time in jail adopted by a few a long time of probation.
In addition, Mason Sheppard, 19, of the U.K., and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Florida was also charged in link with the Twitter breach. Sheppard was charged with conspiracy to dedicate wire fraud, conspiracy to dedicate dollars laundering and unauthorized access of a personal computer or digital gadget. Fazeli was charged with aiding and abetting the unauthorized access.