A British citizen was arrested in the Spanish town of Estepona for his alleged involvement in the Twitter hack in July 2020, resulting in the compromise of 130 high profile accounts.
Joseph O’Connor, 22 years old, was accused to intentionally gain unauthorized access to a computer and obtain information from a protected computer, as well as to conduct extortionate communications. Spain’s national police made the arrest under a US warrant.
In addition to his role in the Twitter hack, O’Connor is also accused of computer intrusions related to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat user accounts and cyberstalking of an anonymous underage victim.
the super twitter hack July 15, 2020, emerged as one of the biggest security holes in the history of the social media platform after O’Connor, with Mason Sheppard, Nima Fazeli and Graham Ivan Clark, managed to gain access to Twitter’s internal tools, abusing to breach the accounts of politicians, celebrities and companies to promote a cryptocurrency scam.
|Graham Ivan Clark|
The verified account scam brought in over $ 100,000 in bitcoin.
In one interview with The New York Times last July, O’Connor, who identified himself as “PlugWalkJoe,” said Twitter credentials were obtained after finding a way to access Slack’s internal messaging channel. the company, where they were published.
“I don’t care,” O’Connor told The Times. “They can come and arrest me. I would laugh at them. I didn’t do anything.”
News of the arrest comes four months later Clark received a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud charges related to the incident.