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U.K. Man Arrested For Hacking Into Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's Twitter Accounts In Bitcoin Mega-Scam

Jul. 21 2021, Published 11:43 a.m. ET

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A man from the United Kingdom has been arrested in connection to the mega-hacking that compromised over 130 Twitter accounts, including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's.

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Joseph O’Connor, 22, was taken into custody in Estepona, Spain, by Spanish National Police pursuant on Wednesday.

According to a press release, he is being charged with a long list of crimes, including "three counts of conspiracy to intentionally access a computer without authorization and obtaining information from a protected computer; two counts of intentionally accessing a computer without authorization and obtaining information from a protected computer; one count of conspiracy to intentionally access a computer without authorization and, with the intent to extort from a person a thing of value, transmitting a communication containing a threat; one count of making extortive communications; one count of making threatening communications; and two counts of cyberstalking."

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O'Connor is also being charged with "computer intrusions related to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat user accounts," and "cyberstalking a juvenile victim."

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Back in July 2020, more than 130 Twitter accounts belonging to celebrities, politicians, tech moguls, and companies were compromised in a Bitcoin-mega scandal.

Accounts belonging to Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Wiz Khalifa, Kimye, and more were hacked as part of a cryptocurrency scam.

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Jeff Bezos' tweet read, "I have decided to give back to my community. All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back doubled. I am only doing a maximum of $50,000,000.”

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Twitter quickly caught wind of the scandal and began disabling the tweets, making sure to reveal the serious breach to followers.

"We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly," the company wrote.

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Even Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey's account was compromised.

If O'Connor is convicted of the crimes, a federal district court judge will hand down his sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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