Graham Ivan Clark, an 18-year-old boy, hacked the Twitter accounts of many renowned people and companies. He managed to attain approximately $117,000 as a result of the scheme. He has now been sentenced to prison for a three-year term.
An 18-year-old hacker who illegally gained access to several high-profile Twitter accounts in 2020 has agreed to serve a three-year jail term. He was 17 years old at the time of the hack last year in July.
Clark, a student at Gaither High School, was arrested days later at his home in the Northdale area of Hillsborough County.
Graham Ivan Clark, of Tampa, was arrested on 30 charges. Authorities say he was the "Mastermind" of a July 15 Twitter hack Scheme which gave him and two others access to the high-profile accounts of Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and many other celebrities with millions of followers.
Police investigators later determined that
Clark was able to access the accounts after convincing an employee at Twitter he worked in the company’s information technology department, before breaking into the company’s customer service portal.
Once he accessed them, Clark tweeted a link to a bitcoin address and wrote “all bitcoin sent to our address below will be sent back to you doubled!”
Court documents report that the teenager managed to attain approximately $117,000 as a result of the scheme, which constituted a major and distressing security breach, which his lawyers say he has since returned.
As a result of the mass account hijacking, Twitter engineers were forced to suspend all verified accounts from sending tweets for a number of hours while they worked to secure the platform.
“Graham Clark needs to be held accountable for that crime, and other potential scammers out there need to see the consequences. In this case, we’ve been able to deliver those consequences while recognizing that our goal with any child, whenever possible, is to have them learn their lesson without destroying their future.” Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a statement.
Clark was 17 when he committed the crime so he was not bound to serve a minimum 10-year sentence. But had he been convicted as an adult, he would not have been able to escape the punishment.
He may qualify to serve part of his time in a “boot camp” alternative to prison for young offenders. During that time, he will be unable to access electronic devices without supervision or use social media. The time he has spent in jail awaiting trial for the past eight months will apply as time served.
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