Graham Ivan Clark, a teenage Twitter Bitcoin hacker who was accused of masterminding the Twitter bitcoin hack last year has been proven guilty. With 30 charges against him, he has been sentenced to 3 years in prison at a juvenile facility.
Since he was classified as a “youthful offender” under the Florida Law, it allowed him to avoid the sentence of a minimum of 10 years he would have as an adult.
After he was arrested in July 2020, he is now aged 17 along with two other individuals a couple of weeks after the Twitter hack took place.
On July 15, 2020, several high-profile Twitter accounts of companies and personalities, including President Barack Obama, President Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Uber, Apple, Kanye West, and Jeff Bezos were hacked.
Twitter later revealed the hackers managed to compromise the account via social media engineering. The hackers targeted Twitter employees with access to internal systems and tools. The tools not only helped them get access to high-profile accounts but also gave them the power to alter account details and passwords.
Apart from getting access to the account owner’s DM, Twitter also confirmed the hackers managed to export data of nearly eight of the accounts involved.
Clark and his mates used their hacking skills to take over Twitter accounts with one word or unusual usernames such as @dark. They sold these on the OGUsers forum for thousands. Later halfway through they changed the plan to run the Bitcoin scam instead.
Clark has also been booked earlier for stealing Bitcoins from a Seattle-based tech investor in 2019. He managed to go free as he was a minor and had to return all the bitcoins in his possession. He was also restricted from using without permission or supervision from law enforcement as part of the deal.
Now he may have to serve his sentence in a military-style boot camp. But if he violates the terms of the agreement might end up spending 10 years in an adult prison.