Clark also had two accomplices, Mason John Sheppard, a 19-year-old Briton, and Nima Fazeli, a 22-year-old from Orlando, Florida. These two people are accused of aiding and aiding Clark in the hack, which aimed to convince people to send Bitcoin, a form of cryptocurrency, to a personal account.
Le New York Times reported that Clark’s efforts turned into over $ 180,000 in profit.
The collection of Twitter account hacks affected Kanye West, presidential candidate Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and former Microsoft Leader Bill Gates. Tech firm Apple’s Twitter feed was also disrupted by the attack.
Impressively, Clark’s attack was cautious and coordinated. He was able to infiltrate Twitter’s security network and gain access to some of the accounts of the most influential people on the social media platform.
Andrew Warren, the Florida state attorney handling the case, said Clark’s actions were surprising.
“He was no ordinary 17-year-old,” Warren said of Clark.
Clark was able to infiltrate Twitter’s security services by telling a company employee that he was a colleague in IT. Clark said he needed the employee’s credentials to access the customer service portal, according to an affidavit from the state of Florida. A total of 130 accounts had been compromised by the end of the frenzy, which raised serious doubts as to whether the security of the social networking site was sufficient.
Clark and his associates’ plan finally came to an end when clues revealing their true identities were revealed. The three suspected hackers also did not effectively hide the money, which made it easier for law enforcement to catch the perpetrators.
Clark was indicted by the Tampa, Florida state attorney’s office rather than federal authorities because of his age. The fact that he’s a minor also keeps many pieces of the puzzle hidden. However, he will be billed as an adult.
In a public statement, Twitter thanked law enforcement for moving quickly and said they “will continue to cooperate as the case progresses.”
As for Musk, his Twitter is still available where he provides plenty of updates on Tesla’s products.