The outlet reported that the hacked tweets had directed followers to send Bitcoin to accounts that were related to the Tampa teen.
The Twitter hack on July 15th initially targeted Bitcoin-related accounts, but then expanded to include accounts of prominent stars and politicians such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden and even previous president Barack Obama. The hacked tweets informed their fans to send out Bitcoin to a particular address, with the promised exchange of double the amount of Bitcoin in return.
According to Twitter, the hack was orchestrated via a phone spear phishing attack that targeted a few of its workers. The perpetrator then “utilized their credentials to access our internal systems and gain details about our processes.” There was a report that said access originated from discovering logins in a Slack channel, but Twitter has not confirmed it.
The company said that the opponent targeted 130 accounts, tweeted from 45 of them, accessed 36 DM inboxes and copied account data from 7. Twitter has said that it is now improving its “methods of spotting and preventing inappropriate access” to its internal systems and “focusing on security work” throughout its groups.
In a statement, Warren stated that the FBI and the US Department of Justice had discovered the suspect in Hillsborough County after a “complex, across the country investigation.” The teen in question will be prosecuted in Hillsborough County.