A 17-year-old boy in Tampa, Florida, is accused of seizing Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and numerous Twitter accounts of famous celebrities for fraud by sending people to send him bitcoin.
The teenager, whose name and photo are not published by CNBC because he is a minor, was arrested and charged, Hillsboro Attorney General Andrew Warren said on Friday.
“These crimes were committed using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they are not the main victims here,”; Warren said in a statement. “This Beat Con was designed to steal money from ordinary Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This mass fraud was organized right in our backyard, and we will not be against it.”
Warren’s office committed 30 crimes against the 17-year-old. Charges include organized fraud, communications fraud, fraudulent use of personal information, and unauthorized access to a computer or electronic device. On July 15, a teen scam raised more than $ 100,000 worth of bitcoin, Warren’s office said.
Twitter provided the latest update to the attack on Thursday night.
“Social engineering, which took place on July 15, 2020, targeted a small number of employees through a phishing attack over the phone.” as specific credentials of employees who gave them access to our internal support tools. Not all employees initially targeted were allowed to use account management tools, but attackers used their credentials to access our internal systems and obtain information about our processes.
Twitter admitted the charges and arrest on Friday.
“We are grateful for the prompt action of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses,” Twitter said in a statement. “For our part, we are focused on transparency and regular updates.”