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…