In some ways, social media has become the new public square. Many Ohio residents flock to Twitter to read what well-known figures have to say on any given topic. This also makes Twitter susceptible to hacks. On July 15, such an attack took place. The passwords to an estimated 130 accounts of well-known public figures were reset. Then, the scam requesting funds in the form of Bitcoin began.
Who was behind the hack?
On July 29, a 17-year-old from Florida was apprehended. Two men also had charges brought against them in connection with this hack. Even though the 17-year-old is not a legal adult yet, he is going to be tried as an adult.
Largest security breach in Twitter’s history
Many are considering the Twitter Hacker proceedings a high-profile criminal law case. Since it is still in the early stages, it is not known yet if there will be a jury trial.
While social media hacks have occurred before, the perpetrators tend to go after a specific celebrity and make bogus posts. The latest Twitter hack is more serious because the Bitcoin scam was carried out. Although it was an obvious scam based on history, 400 people still fell for it. Investigators found that 415 transfers were made and totaled $117,000.
Investigators believe that what is being dubbed the Bit-Con scam was designed to scam regular Americans in the Florida region.
How the hacker was caught
The IRS got involved and analyzed the transfers as well as the blockchain technology used to anonymize the transfers. This led them to the hacker.
No matter the alleged crime, all defendants have access to legal representation. Depending on the circumstances, a criminal defense attorney could help a client develop a plea bargain or potential get charges dropped.