Eighteen-year-old American Graham Ivan Clark (Graham Ivan Clark) pleaded guilty to several cases of hacking Twitter accounts, through which he published calls to transfer him bitcoins.
In his publications, Clark reported that as part of the” PR campaign”, all BTC sent to his wallet will be sent back in double the amount. At the same time, he published appeals in the accounts of the most popular people and companies on Twitter. He gained access to the accounts of Apple, US President Joe Biden and former US President Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Michael Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.
Clark pleaded guilty to hacking the accounts. At the same time, since he was a minor at the time of the break-in, as part of the deal with prosecutors, his prison sentence will be only three years. If he had been an adult at the time of the incident, he would have received a minimum of ten years in prison. Hillsborough Prosecutor Andrew Warren noted:
“Graham should be held accountable for his crimes and other potential fraudsters should see the consequences. In this case, we were able to provide the perpetrator with such consequences, while at the same time pursuing the goal of making him learn his lesson, but not destroying his future.”
According to investigators, Clark was assisted by two other people. As a result of the hacks, 30.4 BTC was transferred to the criminals ‘ wallet, of which 56% was subsequently passed through the Chip Mixer and Wasabi wallet to hide the source of the funds.
Recall that the mass hacking of Twitter accounts was committed on July 15, 2020. After that, many cryptocurrency exchanges blocked the scammers ‘ wallet on their platforms, so that gullible users could not send funds there.