Another 16-year-old teenager was involved in the largest Twitter hack

The New York Times reports that one more suspect has emerged in the Twitter hack – another 16-year-old teenager could be involved in the attack.

Let me remind you that in mid-June 2020, Twitter was subjected to the largest attack in its entire history. Then, many accounts of public people, companies and cryptocurrency exchanges were compromised.

So, among the victims were Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Apple and Uber, and the largest cryptocurrency exchanges CoinDesk, Binance and Gemini.

Soon after the incident, American law enforcement officials announced the arrest of the main “ideological mastermind” of the Twitter hack. It turned out to be a 17-year-old teenager from Florida, Graham Ivan Clark, apparently known online under the pseudonym Kirk. As a result, Graham Ivan Clark was charged on 30 counts and will be tried as an adult.

A joint investigation by the FBI, the IRS, the Justice Department, and the Secret Service helped to identify the alleged hacker’s accomplices. Two other young men were named as such: 19-year-old Mason “Chaewon” Sheppard from Great Britain and 22-year-old Nima “Rolex” Fasely from Florida”, – reminds The New York Times.

Now, The New York Times reported that along with 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clarke, another 16-year-old teenager from Massachusetts, whose name has not been disclosed since he is a minor, appears to have been planning the attack and compromising the accounts of famous people and companies.

According to the newspaper, despite the new suspect has not been arrested, the FBI has already conducted a search in the house of his parents, where the alleged hacker lives.

In general, little is known about the new suspect from Massachusetts. It is reported that, like other hackers, he was a user of the OGusers forum and was previously engaged in “vishing” – deceiving company employees on the phone and impersonating a contractor in an attempt to steal credentials”, – reports The New York Times.

He then moved on to SIM swapping and other forms of fraud, and due to these “interests” he met Clarke online. The publication also writes that the teenager was involved in the attack on the GoDaddy registrar that took place this spring.

Interestingly, according to the publication, the unnamed teenager, along with Clark, posted fraudulent tweets on behalf of the hacked accounts, although it was previously believed that Clark was the only member of the group who got to Twitter’s internal tools and used them.

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Daniel Zimmermann

Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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