The 17-year-old ‘mastermind’ behind the massive Twitter hack is said to have a history of online scams using Minecraft and Bitcoin

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  • Graham Clark, the 17-year-old accused of orchestrating a massive Twitter hack last month, is believed to have a history of Bitcoin scamming.
  • Clark faces 30 felony charges in Florida, where he is accused of taking over dozens of verified Twitter accounts, including those of Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Kim Kardashian, to trick people into handing over money. money.
  • Legal records show Clark was previously suspected of being involved in the theft of $ 856,000 at the age of 16, but has never been charged.
  • He is also said to have built a reputation in Minecraft communities as a con artist who frequently scams people with their money.
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New details are surfacing about the 17-year-old accused of “orchestrating” the massive Twitter hack last month – and they reveal a pattern of scams dating back years.

Last year, Graham Ivan Clark was the subject of a criminal investigation in which Florida prosecutors seized $ 15,000 and 400 Bitcoin, his attorney said.

Prosecutors ultimately failed to bill Clark last year and returned the money and 300 Bitcoin, worth over $ 3 million to him. The victim in that case told the New York Times that prosecutors did not charge Clark at the time because he was still a minor.

In previous years, Clark has reportedly earned a reputation as a frequent con artist online, including in the online video game Minecraft. Clark’s old friends told The New York Times that he would regularly demand money in exchange for in-game items, only to keep the items for himself after receiving payment.

Social media posts from Clark’s now-deleted Instagram account @error have reportedly shown Clark posing with designer sneakers and a Rolex watch in recent months.

Clark faces 30 felony charges in Tampa, Florida for his alleged involvement in the Twitter hack, which compromised more than 100 accounts, including those belonging to Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Kim Kardashian, and posted messages encouraging people to send Bitcoin to a scammer’s address.

Clark’s bond has been set at $ 725,000, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Sunday.

Clark is accused of collaborating with others on the Twitter hack – Mason Sheppard, 19, who lives in the UK and goes by the name “Chaewon”, and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, in Florida, which calls itself “Rolex,” were both arrested in connection with the hack, the Department of Justice said.

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