The man behind last year’s biggest Twitter hack has been arrested. The US Department of Justice announced the arrest of British citizen Joseph O’Connor in Estepona, Spain. O’Connor will face a criminal charge that will be brought before a US federal court in California.
On July 15, 2020, with O’Conner’s involvement, hackers hacked over 130 Twitter accounts belonging to politicians, celebrities, and companies, including Joe Biden and Jeff Bezos. The attackers sent requests to the subscribers of the compromised accounts to send bitcoins to a specific cryptocurrency wallet with the promise that they would receive a double amount back. Subscribers reportedly sent 12 bitcoins worth $ 140,000 to the attackers.
Joseph O’Connor is accused of conspiracy to deliberately access a computer without authorization and obtain information from a secure PC.
The San Francisco FBI investigates the case in conjunction with the IRS Criminal Investigation Department, the US Secret Service, and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
Several people have already been arrested for this cyberattack, including two hackers from Massachusetts and Florida. O’Connor himself is accused of not only hacking Twitter but also hacking Snapchat and TikTok accounts. And also in cyber-harassment of a minor.