A Florida teenager has reportedly been arrested and is accused of being behind a Twitter hack earlier this month that resulted in several prominent accounts posting messages as part of an apparent bitcoin scam.
Local NBC affiliate WFLA reported that Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 felony charges against the 17-year-old for scamming people across America regarding the hacking incident.
“We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses,” Twitter said in a statement Friday.
We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.
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The hack, which took place July 15, affected a number of prominent Twitter accounts, including those for former President Obama, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign cancels ad buys to review messaging strategy: reportNunes declines to answer if he received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to damage BidenPoll: Plurality of ‘Gen Z’ voters say they see more political ads from Trump than BidenMORE, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskReforming environmental review to build a cleaner and brighter futureIs it time to designate social media as ‘critical infrastructure’?Hillicon Valley: Senior intelligence official warns Russia, Iran and China targeting elections | Trump says he ‘often’ regrets his tweets | Tech CEO hearing postponed for John Lewis servicesMORE, among others.
Twitter said that the hacker obtained employee credentials, allowing them to target 130 accounts, tweeting from 45, accessing direct messages inboxes of 36 and downloading data from seven accounts.
The FBI previously announced it was launching an investigation into the hacks earlier this month.
This is a developing story.