British Man Arrested in Relation to 2020 Twitter Hack

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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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.

The Attack

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. 

The Attackers

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.

The Statistics

Identity theft’s total cost is above $16 billion yearly. It brought to light the fact that not many internet users know how to prevent it, nor are they aware of the existing protection services.

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.

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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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