Of 130 targeted accounts, 45 had been hacked, including those of politicians like Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and big bosses like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
The investigation is progressing. Three people in total, including one domiciled in the United Kingdom, were indicted on Friday, July 31, in the United States, for the spectacular hacking in mid-July of celebrity accounts on Twitter. “Mason Sheppard, alias ‘Chaewon’, 19, domiciled in the UK, has been charged with conspiracy to commit electronic fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and intentional access to a protected computer”, details the US Department of Justice in a press release.
Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex”, 22, of Orlando, Florida, is suspected of aiding and abetting intentional access to a protected computer. The third accused, a 17-year-old minor whose identity had been revealed earlier before American justice decided to keep his name silent, is considered to be the mastermind of the operation.
“There is a mistaken belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be carried out anonymously and without consequence.”said U.S. Attorney David Anderson, officiating in Tampa, Florida. “I mean to potential offenders, break the law and we’ll find you”, he launched, quoted in a press release.