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Authorities Identify Another Teen Perpetrator Behind July’s Massive Twitter Hack

Authorities Identify Another Teen Perpetrator Behind July’s Massive Twitter Hack

Federal authorities have identified another teenager involved in the July Twitter hack. Federal authorities have homed in on a 16-year-old from Massachusetts that allegedly played a big role in the hack.

Authorities in July arrested 17-year-old Graham Clark of Tampa, Florida, alleging that he was the mastermind behind the social media attack.

Now, federal agents have identified another teen that may have played an even larger role in the Twitter attack, says The New York Times.

The unnamed Massachusetts youth has not been named and appears to have been involved in planning the July Twitter attack with Clark in May. The Times reports the teenager may also have breached much more sensitive backend systems of the social media platform using vishing, or voice phishing, techniques.

On July 15, the duo – along with several accomplices – allegedly used stolen Twitter employee credentials to use internal Twitter tools to target 130 accounts, using internal employee systems to post the Bitcoin schemes to the high-profile accounts.

Affected accounts included those held by Apple, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, former U.S. President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Joe Biden, and others.

According to Bitcoin ledger records, victims responding to the scam sent the attackers around 12 Bitcoin, worth about $140,000.

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