A 17-year-old in Tampa, Florida, is being accused of taking over Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and the Twitter accounts of many other celebrities to trick people into sending him Bitcoin.
The young man, whose name and photo CNBC is not publishing because he is a minor, was arrested and charged, Hillsborough Attorney General Andrew Warren announced on Friday.
“These crimes were committed using the names of celebrities and celebrities, but they are not the main victims here,”; Warren said in a statement. “This ‘Bit-Con’ was created to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive scam was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that.”
Warren’s office has filed 30 felony charges against the 17-year-old. The charges include organized fraud, communications fraud, fraudulent use of personal information, and unauthorized access to computers or electronic devices. The teens scheme harvested more than $ 100,000 in Bitcoin on July 15, according to Warren’s office.
Twitter provided its latest update on the attack Thursday night.
“The social engineering that took place on July 15, 2020, targeted a small number of employees through a telephone spearfishing attack. all employees targeted were initially allowed to use account management tools, but attackers used their credentials to access our internal systems and gain information about our processes.
Twitter accepted the charges and the arrest on Friday.
“We appreciate the swift law enforcement action in this investigation and will continue to co-operate as the matter progresses,” Twitter said in a tweet. “For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing regular updates.”