Three people were charged today for their alleged roles in the Twitter hack that occurred on July 15, 2020, the United States Department of Justice announced.
Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex”, 22, of Orlando, Florida, was accused in a criminal complaint in the Northern California district of having favored and favored intentional access to a protected computer, federal prosecutors said.
A defendant is a minor. With exceptions that do not apply to this case, juvenile proceedings in federal court are sealed to protect the identity of the minor. Under the Federal Juvenile Delinquency Act, the Justice Department referred the individual to the state attorney for the 13th judicial district in Tampa, Florida, according to the DoJ statement.
Additionally, 19-year-old Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon” of Bognor Regis, in the United Kingdom, was charged in a criminal complaint in the Northern California district with a conspiracy to commit telephone fraud, a conspiracy to commit money laundering and intentional access to a protected computer, reports the DoJ.
“There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like Twitter hacking can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequences,” said US prosecutor David L. Anderson for the Northern California district. “Today’s debit announcement shows that the euphoria of evil hacking in a safe environment for fun or profit will be short-lived. Criminal conduct on the Internet may seem stealthy to people who perpetrate it, but there is nothing stealthy about it. In particular, I want to tell aspiring criminals to break the law and we’ll find you. “
“Hackers allegedly compromised over 100 social media accounts and defrauded both account users and others who sent money based on their fraudulent requests,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s criminal division.
“Weeks ago, one of the most prolific social media platforms in the world was attacked. Various political leaders, celebrities and influencers were practically held hostage while their accounts were being hacked, “said Kelly R. Jackson, IRS special investigative criminal investigator in charge of the Washington DC camp office.
“The audience was confused and everyone wanted answers. Now we can start answering these questions. “
The cybercrime unit “analyzed the blockchain and anonymized bitcoin transactions allowing the identification of two different hackers. This case is a prime example of how following money, international collaboration and public-private partnerships can work to successfully bring down a perceived anonymous criminal enterprise, “said Agent Jackson.
The Guardian’s coverage of the hacking news.