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Twitter Celebrity Hack Suspect Arrested in Spain

Spanish National Police have arrested UK citizen Joseph O’Connor at the US’ request over his alleged involvement in the large-scale hack of Twitter celebrity accounts in 2020.

U.K.’s National Crime Agency and the Spanish National Police joined forces to investigate and arrest O’Connor.

The US Justice Department has given O’Connor a total of ten charges, including six related to unauthorized computer access, two for cyberstalking and one each for extortion and threats.

At least 36 accounts of famous companies and personalities, including Apple, Uber, Elon Musk, European, EU officials, and US President Joe Biden were all targeted in the attack. 

Twitter speculated that the attack was a “coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.”

O’Connor along with his companions allegedly managed to access some of the inboxes of the compromised accounts.

The mastermind of the attack, Graham Clark, who was sentenced last March earned 12.86 bitcoin from compromising the accounts.

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