14th June 2024

On Friday, a federal court docket sentenced Joseph James O’Conner to 5 years in jail for his involvement within the 2020 Twitter hack. Final month, the 24-year-old, generally known as PlugwalkJoe on-line, plead responsible to a bunch of cyber crimes, together with finishing up a SIM-swapping assault that focused a TikTok account with thousands and thousands of followers. The 2020 Twitter hack noticed O’Conner and his co-perpetrators receive entry to the corporate’s backend and subsequently the accounts of Elon Musk, Invoice Gates, Barack Obama and greater than 100 different high-profile customers. O’Conner netted $794,000 within the crypto rip-off that adopted.

“After stealing and fraudulently diverting the stolen cryptocurrency, O’Connor and his co-conspirators laundered it by means of dozens of transfers and transactions and exchanged a few of it for Bitcoin utilizing cryptocurrency change providers,” the Justice Division stated. “In the end, a portion of the stolen cryptocurrency was deposited right into a cryptocurrency change account managed by O’Connor.” In 2021, Graham Ivan Clark, the alleged teenage mastermind behind the breach, plead responsible in return for a three-year jail sentence. Along with his five-year sentence, O’Conner additionally faces three years of supervised launch after his jail time period. He should additionally forfeit the $794,000 he defrauded throughout the hack.

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