US teen arrested for masterminding Twitter hack

Florida: A teenager hailing from Tampa, was charged with hacking Twitter Inc accounts of famous people including former President Barack Obama, billionaire Bill Gates and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, the Florida State Attorney’s Office said on Friday.

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The 17 year old on July 15 posted messages under the profiles that solicited investment in bitcoin, a digital currency. A publicly available ledger of bitcoin transactions showed he was able to obtain more than $100,000 that way. Hillsborough County State attorney Andrew told journalists that his office had filed 30 felony charges against the teen, who was in state custody.

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“The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice conducted a complex nationwide investigation, locating and apprehending the suspect in Hillsborough County,” a statement said.

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Warren said the adolescent was being prosecuted under the state rather than federal law because Florida law enabled the state to charge him as an adult.

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