Teenager Who Hacked Twitter Admitted His Guilt


The American teenager, arrested last July for organizing the biggest hack in the history of Twitter, agreed to plead guilty to the "fraud" count.


18-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, who was 17 at the time of the crime, will spend three years in prison, and then another three years will be under administrative supervision. According to the law, six years is the maximum sentence for convicted persons who have not reached the age of majority at the time of the crime. However, if Clarke violates the conditions of administrative supervision, he could face up to ten years in prison in an "adult" prison.


Clark made a deal with the investigation less than a year after the acclaimed Twitter hack, according to the Tampa Bay Times.


Recall that on July 15, 2020, Twitter accounts belonging to show business stars, popular athletes, politicians and other celebrities were hacked massively. The hackers published on the hacked pages announcements on their behalf about the distribution of bitcoins. They offered users to send a certain amount to the specified wallet and promised to increase it several times. In particular, the accounts of Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Kanye West, etc. were hacked . Until the Twitter administration blocked the hacked accounts, users managed to transfer more than $ 100,000 to the scammers. For more details about how the hacking was carried out, SecurityLab wrote earlier.


The police quickly reached out to the criminals, who turned out to be the Americans Graham Ivan Clark and Nima Fazeli, as well as the Briton Mason Sheppard. Less than a week after the incident, law enforcement officials contacted one of the burglars and searched his California home. The suspect's name was not disclosed as he was a minor and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. With his help, the police reached out to the organizers of the attack.


Since, as previously reported, Clark was under 18 at the time of the break-in, the teen was tried as a "youthful offender" in his home state Florida court and was not charged at the federal level.


Almost eight months already spent by Clark in prison will be credited to the sentence, that is, the teenager will remain under observation until mid-2026. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Clark is prohibited from using computers without permission and oversight from law enforcement.

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