The Florida teenager, who took control of popular Twitter accounts last year, pleaded guilty in exchange for a three-year prison sentence, the newspaper said Tampa Bay times. The 18-year-old hacked accounts like Apple, Bill Gates and Joe Biden.
Documents filed in Hillsborough District Court on Monday show Graham Ivan Clark agreed to serve three years in prison followed by three years probation.
The deal will allow Clark, 18, to be tried as a “juvenile offender”. He may be eligible to serve part of his time in a military-style training camp.
The hacker broke into multiple Twitter accounts last year with the same message:
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All bitcoins sent to our address below will be returned to you in duplicate! For the next 30 minutes only.
The scheme generated Bitcoin worth at least $ 100,000. At this point, Twitter blocked all verified accounts from tweeting until they could fix the violation.
Clark was 17 years old in July 2020 and was arrested days later at his Hillsborough County home.
According to the Tampa Bay times, “The Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated that he [Clark] accessed Twitter’s systems by convincing an employee that he was working in the company’s IT department. He then managed to access the company’s customer service portal. “
Clark has been tried in a state court for allowing state law to bring an adult minor to justice in a financial fraud case. Two others from the UK were also charged with federal crimes in the hack.
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