Teenage Twitter hijacker gets three years in the clink over celeb Bitcoin scamming

The Register

Graham Ivan Clark, part of the crew that hijacked around 130 high-profile Twitter accounts and used them to collect cryptocurrency, has been sentenced to three years in prison for his part in the scam.

On July 15 last year around 130 Twitter accounts from celebs like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Apple, Uber, and former president Barack Obama began displaying messages asking for Bitcoin to be sent to a wallet, whereupon the amount would be doubled and returned. Amazingly, enough people fell for this and around $118,000 was transferred.

Of course, there was no free money, and after he was caught just days later, and following some time in detention, Clark gave up all the funds and pleaded guilty to Judge Christine Marlewski in a Florida court. In addition to his sentence he’s required to hand over passwords to any account he may have online and will have three years’ probation after serving his time.

Fellow Florida local Nima Fazeli has also been charged with the Twitter incident, as has Brit Mason Sheppard, and the authorities are working with British police on that one, not entirely successfully.

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