Tampa: The Florida teen accused of being behind the hacking of celebrity Twitter accounts last year pleaded guilty to the 13th state court in Tampa and agreed to spend three years in a juvenile prison.
Among those whose accounts were hacked was US President Joe Biden, who was then a presidential candidate; Former President Barack Obama; Billionaires Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Elon Musk; Singer Kanye West. And reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Graham Evan Clark, 18, faced fraud charges after a hack in an alleged scam stole more than $ 118,000 in Bitcoin.
Fraudulent tweets requesting cryptocurrency investments were posted in mid-July from more than 40 verified Twitter accounts.
A Florida resident of Tampa has been charged with 30 felonies. In August, Clark pleaded not guilty.
As a child, Clark found ways to trick Minecraft video game players, people who knew him at the time told The New York Times.
He moved to selling and exchanging rare social media usernames on the OGUsers forum, where he reached out to other hackers who said they participated in the Twitter hack, according to the newspaper.
An October report by the New York Financial Services Department said Twitter suffered from a lack of cybersecurity enabling the “minor” hack attributed to a Florida teenager to take over the accounts of some of the most famous people in the world.