A U.Okay. citizen has been arrested within the Spanish city of Estepona over his alleged involvement within the July 2020 hack of Twitter, ensuing within the compromise of 130 high-profile accounts.
Joseph O’Connor, 22, has been charged with deliberately accessing a pc with out authorization and acquiring info from a protected laptop, in addition to for making extortive communications. The Spanish Nationwide Police made the arrest pursuant to a U.S. warrant.
Moreover his position within the Twitter hack, O’Connor can be charged with laptop intrusions associated to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat person accounts and cyberstalking an unnamed juvenile sufferer.
The great Twitter hack of July 15, 2020, emerged as one of many largest safety lapses within the social media platform’s historical past after O’Connor, together with Mason Sheppard, Nima Fazeli, and Graham Ivan Clark, managed to realize entry to Twitter’s inner instruments, abusing it to breach the accounts of politicians, celebrities and corporations for selling a cryptocurrency rip-off.
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The verified account rip-off raked in additional than $100,000 in bitcoin.
In an interview with the New York Instances final July, O’Connor, who recognized himself as “PlugWalkJoe”, stated the Twitter credentials had been obtained after discovering a approach into the corporate’s inner Slack messaging channel, the place they’d been posted.
“I do not care,” O’Connor advised The Instances. “They’ll come arrest me. I might snort at them. I have never completed something.”
Information of the arrest comes 4 months after Clark landed a three-year prison sentence after he pled responsible to fraud prices associated to the incident.