(Tampa, FL) — A Florida teenager believed to be the mastermind behind a Twitter Bitcoin hack will be in court today to be arraigned on 30 felony counts related to last month’s incident. The 17-year-old Tampa teen is behind bars facing 30 felony charges for “scamming people across America,” according to Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren. The teen is among three people facing charges for their alleged roles in the July 15 Twitter hack of prominent Twitter accounts, including that of former President Barack Obama and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Clark is accused of hacking into the high-profile accounts and directing their followers to donate Bitcoin to accounts linked to him. Bitcoin is a crypto-currency that is extremely difficult to track. Warren calls Graham Clark was the “mastermind” behind the hack and says he is being tried as an adult.
Interesting: Twitter hacker is busted in Tampa, Florida today.
I guess he was a bored 17 year old, not some Russian or Chinese hacker mastermind.https://t.co/BuReuQQexE
— Kevin Mitnick (@kevinmitnick) July 31, 2020
Some of the other accounts Clark is accused of hacking into are former are former Vice President Joe Biden and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Since the hacker didn’t turn out to be a Russian or Chinese agent, maybe the FBI will offer Clark a job.