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US citizen, a hacker involved in Twitter hack and massive Bitcoin scam in 2020 arrested in the Spanish town of Estepona. Joseph O’Connor, 22 managed to compromise nearly 130 high-profile accounts.
He is charged for intentionally accessing a computer without authorization, stealing information from a protected computer, and making extortive communications.
Joseph was arrested by the Spanish National Police following the US arrest warrant. He was also involved in the takeover of TikTok and Snapchat user accounts and cyberstalking unnamed juvenile victims.
Joseph managed to hack Twitter accounts in 2020 along with Mason Sheppard, Nima Fazeli, and Graham Ivan Clark. The team managed to gain access to Twitter’s internal tools exploiting it to breach the accounts of politicians, celebrities, and companies for promoting a cryptocurrency scam. While the verified account scam brought in more than $100,000 in bitcoin.
While talking to New Times earlier last year, he said he identified himself as “PlugWalkJoe”. The Twitter credentials were obtained after finding a way into the company’s internal Slack messaging channel, where they had been posted.
He further added, “I don’t care, they can come to arrest me. I would laugh at them. I haven’t done anything.”
The arrest comes after Graham Ivan Clark was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to fraud charges related to the incident.