A U.Ok. citizen has been arrested within the Spanish city of Estepona over his alleged involvement within the July 2020 hack of Twitter, ensuing within the compromise of 130 high-profile accounts.
Joseph O’Connor, 22, has beenwith deliberately accessing a pc with out authorization and acquiring data from a protected laptop, in addition to for making extortive communications. The Spanish Nationwide Police made the arrest pursuant to a U.S. warrant.
Apart from his function within the Twitter hack, O’Connor can be charged with laptop intrusions associated to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat person accounts and cyberstalking an unnamed juvenile sufferer.
Theof July 15, 2020, emerged as one of many largest safety lapses within the social media platform’s historical past after O’Connor, together with , managed to achieve entry to Twitter’s inner instruments, abusing it to breach the accounts of politicians, celebrities and firms for selling a cryptocurrency rip-off.
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The verified account rip-off raked in additional than $100,000 in bitcoin.
In anwith the New York Instances final July, O’Connor, who recognized himself as “PlugWalkJoe”, stated the Twitter credentials have been obtained after discovering a approach into the corporate’s inner Slack messaging channel, the place they have been posted.
“I do not care,” O’Connor advised The Instances. “They’ll come arrest me. I might snort at them. I have never performed something.”
Information of the arrest comes 4 months afterafter he pled responsible to fraud fees associated to the incident.