Authorities Arrest Man Behind 2020 Hack Of Celebrities’ Twitter Accounts

Authorities Arrest Man Behind 2020 Hack Of Celebrities’ Twitter Accounts


Joseph O’Connor — a British man who allegedly aided in hacking the Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, and dozens of others in 2020 — was arrested in Spain on Wednesday.

CNBC reports:

The accused man, Joseph O’Connor, was busted in Estepona by Spanish National Police at the request of U.S. authorities, who now will seek his extradition.

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O”Connor, 22, is charged in a criminal complaint in California federal court with counts related to the illegal compromise of more than 130 Twitter accounts in the hack on July 15, 2020.

Three other people previously had been charged in connection with the hack, including a then-17-year-old in Florida who was the alleged “mastermind” of the attack. A prosecutor said last year that the scam netted more than $100,000 worth of bitcoin.

As The Daily Wire reported in July 2020, many of the accounts requested that users send bitcoin with the promise of a significant return. For example, Kanye

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