Florida teen, Graham Ivan Clark, alleged mastermind behind Twitter hack

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Twitter’s most recent statement said that 130 accounts were targeted in the attack and that tweets were sent out from 45 of those accounts. The social media giant also said that their investigation revealed that the direct message inboxes of 36 accounts were accessed by the hackers, including one elected official in the Netherlands. 

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Prosecutor claims “This is not an ordinary 17-year old”

Clark is being charged as an adult. “This was not an ordinary 17-year old,” said the Warren during the press conference. Enforcement agencies are taking the hack very seriously, saying this it’s not just the $100,000-plus in bitcoin that the teen is alleged to have scammed out of unsuspecting Twitter users, there are also national security issues.

“There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,” said U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California. “Today’s charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived. Criminal conduct over the Internet may feel stealthy to the people who perpetrate it, but there is nothing stealthy about it. In particular, I want to say to would-be offenders, break the law, and we will find you.”