Twitter Hacker Owns $3.4M in Bitcoin, Court Sets Bail at $725K

Joanna Estrada
August 5, 2020

Graham Ivan Clark, the 17-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida, who is accused of leading the hack of several celebrity Twitter accounts pleaded not guilty to all allegations on Tuesday in Hillsborough Circuit Court.

The two other individuals - 19-year-old United Kingdom resident Mason Sheppard and 22-year-old Florida resident Nima Fazeli - were reportedly recruited as "proxies" to "manipulate" Twitter employees into giving up access to the firm's internal systems.

His accomplices are going to face federal charges in California.

Weisboard urged the court to set his bail at $20,000, but the judge finalized that Clark's bail should be set at $25,000 per 29 counts.

The individuals were allegedly responsible for the large-scale Twitter hack that had compromised about 130 accounts including accounts of high profile individuals like former President Barack Obama, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, entrepreneur Elon Musk and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. "All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled!"

After the hack, Twitter said the hackers had targeted its employees with access to internal systems and tools.

According to the report from Tampa Bay Times, prosecutors have pressed 30 charges against Clark for which he may be sentenced for 200 years in prison. 30 charges were filed against the 17-year-old, including fraud in numerous cases, misuse of personal information, and unauthorized intrusion into computer systems.

The documents do not specify Kirk's real identity but say he is a teen being prosecuted in the Tampa area. Spear-phishing uses email or other messaging to deceive people into sharing access credentials.

Clark's attorney denied the claims made by prosecutors, saying that Clark was the subject for a criminal investigation past year, and at the time, prosecutors seized about $15,000 in cash and 400 bitcoin from Clark. He is also purported to have pulled scams with Fortnite players, as well as with participants in crypto and hacker forums.

However, his attorney, David Weisbrod, would not have any of it as he believed the bail requirement is six times more than what he was accused of stealing, which amounts to $117,000.

"I'm 100% sure my son is innocent", Mohamad Fazeli told Associated Press, adding that this must be "mix up". "He's a very good person, very honest, very smart and loyal", the father said. "I'm sure this is a mix up". His friends like Sheppard and Fazeli also shared the same crime.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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