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Graham Clark, The Mastermind Behind Twitter Hack Last Month Has History Of Online Scams

Mayukh Bari09 August 2020 6:41PM IST
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Graham Ivan Clark, the 17 year old hacker was arrested on July 31st by the FBI, IRS, US Secret Service, and Florida law enforcement. He is identified as the mastermind of the hack that gained control of Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West and Apple.

Twitter said the hack exposed 130 accounts, with tweets made from 45, direct messages accessed in 36 in-boxes, and data download from seven users. The boy is charged with over 30 felony counts, including organized fraud, communications fraud, identity theft, and hacking. Clark's another hacker friend Mason Sheppard, 19, was also arrested in connection with the twitter hack. As per the latest updates Clark's bail has been set at $725,000.

Clark is accused of sending tweets soliciting others to send in payments of the Bitcoin, the hard-to-track cryptocurrency. Prosecutors say Clark reaped $117,000 over about three hours. He allegedly convinced a Twitter employee that he worked in the Twitter IT department and tricked that employee into giving him the credentials.

Further enquiry found out that Clark has previous record of online scams.

Last year, Graham Ivan Clark was the subject of a criminal investigation in which Florida prosecutors seized $15,000 and 400 Bitcoin, his lawyer said. But the prosecutors ultimately did not charge Clark and returned the cash and 300 Bitcoin to him, worth over $3 million. The victim in that case told The New York Times that prosecutors didn't charge Clark at the time because he was still a minor.

Even before that, he also reportedly built a reputation in Minecraft communities as a grifter who would frequently scam people out of their money. Records show that Clark was previously suspected of being involved in the theft of $856,000 at age 16 but was never charged.