Graham Ivan Clark, the 17-year-old who was accused of causing the “great hack” that Twitter suffered last summer, has been sentenced to three years in prison by a court in Florida (United States).
The ‘hacker’ will not be able to have access to a computer without supervision while the sentence lasts
Clark caused the Twitter accounts of many popular people – including those of Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates or the current president of the United States, Joe Biden – and many verified users to start tweeting messages encouraging to invest in Bitcoin, although the investment did not actually take place, but the money went to his bank account.
To develop the scam, he used the help of two collaborators he had met in an Internet forum and had access to internal Twitter tools, which company employees use to reset users’ email accounts.
Both the young man and his collaborators took control of these tools on July 15 of last year. His hack resulted in biggest security breach that Twitter has experienced till the date.
The social network was forced to suspend activity on most verified accounts on the platform for several hours, until the service was restored without publishing messages inviting to invest in Bitcoin.
Thanks to the messages published by the aforementioned personalities, the 17-year-old young man obtained – along with his partners – more than 100,000 dollars in cryptocurrencies sent by users who bit in his scam.
The young cybercriminal has already performed 229 days of forced labor for the benefit of the community since he was arrested last summer – criminal charges were also filed against his parents – while waiting for the sentence to be produced. Now this is effective and in addition it also states that he is prohibited from having access to computers without supervision for the duration of the sentence.