On the 21st of July, authorities arrested 22-year-old Joseph O’Connor in Estepona, Spain for a supposed role in the July 2020 Twitter hack, which compromised verified accounts.
In July 2020, a cyberattack compromised a number of verified accounts, including those of Elon Musk, Barak Obama, Kanye West, and others.
Hackers managed to gain access to the platform’s internal administration tools. They used the accounts to tweet a Bitcoin scam. In order to regain control, Twitter temporarily blocked all verified users from posting.
Joseph O’Connor faced multiple charges, including identity theft and breaking into Snapchat and TikTok accounts. He was also involved in an incident with sextortion, threatening communications, and cyberstalking a 16-year-old juvenile.
The official statement says: “If O’Connor is convicted, a federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”
Officials also arrested 18-year-old Graham Ivan Clark last year for partaking in the attack. In March, he pleaded guilty and will be serving three years in juvenile prison.
But ID theft is only one of the issues.
Cybercrimes are on the rise. Every 39 seconds, there’s a new cyberattack. Connor’s case comes in the aftermath of the charges against the Bull for selling tips on the Dark Web. Russian gang REvil also recently demanded ransomware to decrypt Kaseya’s customers’ data.
The cases continue to grow, and so does the need for people to get educated on ways to protect themselves, such as investing in good antivirus software.