August 5, 2021
Scam/Fraud

Man arrested for 2020 Bitcoin-doubling scam that hit Apple’s Twitter account

A 22-year-old UK citizen has been arrested in connection with a 2020 hack that promised a doubling of Bitcoin promised through high-profile Twitter accounts, including Apple’s.

The Department of Justice said that Joseph O’Connor was arrested by Spanish authorities on Wednesday in Estepona, Spain. U.S. officials had sent a request for his arrest, as O’Connor is being charged by a criminal complaint filed in a U.S. federal court in California.

O’Connor is being charged with multiple charges, including three counts of conspiracy to intentionally access a computer without authorization and obtaining information from a protected computer and two counts of intentionally accessing a computer without authorization and obtaining information from a protected computer.

The hack occurred on July 15, 2020, and affected more than 130 Twitter accounts belonging to companies, celebrities, and politicians. As part of the scam, the attackers posted…

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