Teenager pleads guilty to hacking twitter accounts of Gates, Biden, Obama, others
A hacker in the United States has admitted that he had hacked former US president Barack Obama, Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates, US President Joe Biden, actress Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and CEO Tesla Elon Musk’s Twitter accounts.
The hacker has been identified as 18 years old Graham Ivan Clark, who had hacked Twitter accounts of many celebrities for Bitcoin fraud.
Clark was accompanied by two more people, Mason Sheppard, 19, and Nima Fazeli, 22.
Clark agreed to plead guilty in return for a three-year prison sentence followed by three years’ probation. The agreement allows Clark to be sentenced as a “youthful offender,” a status that allows him to avoid a minimum 10-year sentence he would have received if he was convicted as an adult.
Last year, the hackers flummoxed Twitter users through hacking accounts belonging to several celebrities, political figures and well-known corporations and began tweeting strange messages.
“I am giving back to the community,” tweeted the account belonging to President Joe Biden. “All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000. Only doing this for 30 minutes. Enjoy!”
The scheme generated $117,000 in Bitcoin before it was shut down.