Last July, a British man was arrested for hacking into the Twitter accounts of President Joe Biden and other high-profile users.
Joseph O’Connor, 22, was arrested by Spanish National Police in Estepona, Spain, in response to a U.S. request for his arrest on charges in connection with the hack that affected more than 130 Twitter accounts, the Justice Department said.
O’Connor was also charged with cyberstalking a minor victim and computer intrusions connected to TikTok and Snapchat user accounts.
Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Kanye West, and Apple’s official account were among the politicians, celebrities, and corporations whose accounts were hacked in the 2020 election.
Affected accounts advertised a cryptocurrency scheme in which users may spend a sum in bitcoin and have it doubled.
“Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” one form of the tweet read. “You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”
According to federal authorities, the scheme netted almost $100,000 in bitcoin from 400 accounts in a single day, all of which was seized.
As a result of the attack, Twitter temporarily blocked all verified accounts from posting.
If convicted of any of the counts, O’Connor’s sentence will be decided by a federal district court, according to the Justice Department.
After being convicted on crimes relating to the hack, Graham Ivan Clark, 18, of Florida, was sentenced to three years in a juvenile facility and three years of probation.