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What Happened? Twitter Hack

Charity ‘Bit-Con’ Scam by Teenage ‘Mastermind’ Hits VIP Accounts, Takes Over Internal Systems

By Najmeh Tima

“What Happened?” is an occasional feature by Digital Privacy News that looks back on some of the tech industry’s biggest data breaches last year.

The 17-year-old Florida resident behind the last July’s global Twitter hacking incident pleaded guilty in March to 30 felony counts of breaching the VIP accounts of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Tesla founder Elon Musk and others for donations to buy cryptocurrency.

Graham Ivan Clark, now 18, of Tampa, was prosecuted as an adult by Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office, in a March 16 Zoom hearing.