The hacker in question infiltrated the verified accounts of names like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former US President Barack Obama, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and even YouTube star Mr Beast, as well as companies like Uber and Apple.
Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren announced today that he has filed 30 felony charges against a 17-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida, who was described by the state attorney's office as "the mastermind of the recent hack of Twitter ". The culprits may be young hackers who met through a network of people who steal unique usernames, according to the New York Times.
Warren said the suspect would be prosecuted in Florida's Hillsborough County because the defendant "committed the crime here". The messages promised the senders that their payments would be doubled - which never happened. "We will be slower to respond to account support needs, reported Tweets, and applications to our developer platform", said Twitter.
It also gave details of additional measures taken to improve security since the hack, which netted 12 Bitcoin (BTC) through targeting the Twitter accounts of celebrities and crypto businesses. The outlet said the teen was charged with 17 counts of communications fraud, one count of fraudulently using personal information, and 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, one count of access to an electronic device without authority, and one count of organized fraud.
The US attorney's office in California said 19-year-old Mason "Chaewon" Sheppard of Britain along with Nima Fazeli, 22, of Florida were facing criminal charges in the case.
A British teenager has been charged with hacking the social media site Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and business leaders.