Florida Teenager Behind the Infamous Crypto Twitter Hack Pleads Not Guilty to 30 Counts of Fraud
Graham Ivan Clark, the 17-year old Florida teenager accused of being the main culprit of the most significant privacy breach in Twitter’s history, has pleaded not guilty on all 30 counts he has been charged with, reported Tempa.
Clark, along with the two other alleged accomplices – 22-year-old Nima Fazeli of Florida and Mason Sheppard, 19, of the United Kingdom – took over the Twitter accounts of more than 100 renowned personalities. These included Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, famous musician Kanye West, Elon Musk, and many more.
The accused then went on to tweet a fake Bitcoin giveaway scheme, which asked the followers to send bitcoin to a particular address, and in return, they would receive double the amount of what they have sent. While Twitter managed to gain back the control within minutes, but even then they managed to siphon more than $100,000 worth of bitcoin.
The breach led to many questioning Twitter’s privacy and security policies, especially when the US Presidential election is just months away.
Clark Charged With 30-counts of Fraud and Forgery
The authorities managed to arrest Clark by following his online footprint, the hacked database, and his driver’s license. The authorities went on to charge Clark on 17 counts of communications fraud, 11 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, one count each of organized fraud and accessing computers or electronic devices without authority.
Clark pleaded not guilty to all 30 counts he has been changed with on Tuesday in Hillsborough Circuit Court. The bail hearing for the same was scheduled for Wednesday with a $725,000 bail amount. It is speculated that his lawyers would ask for a reduced bail amount. If Clark is found guilty of all 30-counts, he could get a 200-year jail term.
The other two accused in the case might face similar charges of lower intensity where Fazeli faces a charge of computer intrusion, which is punishable by up to five years jail term along with a $250,000 fine. The other accused Sheppard faces numerous charges including computer intrusion, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to launder money, which could collectively lead to 45 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.