The three who were targeted by US investigators are two adults, Mason Sheppard, 19, British, Nima Fazeli, 22, from Orlando, and Graham Ivan Clark, 17, who was arrested in Tampa. The Hillsborough prosecutor has in fact decided to put him on trial as an adult, taking advantage of the fact that Florida law allows it in the case of financial fraud. The adolescent must answer for 30 different charges.
According to investigators, the trio of young people took advantage of a hole in the cell phones of a small group of Twitter employees. After stolen the credentials of one of them through a fake phone call, they managed to hit employees of the social network who had access to account management tools. The three targeted 130 profiles and managed to launch the 45 fraudulent message and access the direct message boxes of 36 other users. The operation allowed the three to raise over $ 100,000 in cryptocurrency.
Investigators identified seventeen-year-old Graham Ivan Clark as the gang’s mind. “This individual’s crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the main victims. This fraud was designed to steal money from thousands of Americans across the country,” said the prosecutor. How were they discovered? Investigators managed to identify two of the hackers by analyzing Bitcoin transactions, including those they attempted to keep anonymous.