Valery LEBOVKA, “FACTS”
The threat of hacking are not only sites of state bodies of Ukraine, but also the accounts of many famous people in different social networks.
So, on the eve of the U.S. government was charged with the coordinated hacking of Twitter accounts, committed on July 15, the British citizen, and two Americans, one of whom is a minor.
This was stated on Friday by representatives of the Federal Prosecutor’s office for the Northern district of California and district attorney’s office in Florida, writes The Guardian.
As specified in the statement of the Prosecutor’s office in California, 19-year-old UK resident Mason Sheppard was accused of involvement in the conspiracy to commit electronic fraud, money laundering and unauthorized access to others ‘ computer systems. 22-year-old resident of Florida Nimes Fazeley is charged with complicity in obtaining access to computer systems.
Both are in custody, the statement said. Sheppard a if convicted faces a penalty of a fine of up to $ 250 thousand and a prison term up to 20 years, Fazeley — the same fine and imprisonment for up to five years.
District Prosecutor’s office in Florida said that the third defendant is a 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark and he was arrested. He was indicted on 30 counts. Clark, in particular, is charged with organized fraud, identity theft and committing attacks. District attorney Andrew Warren called Clark “the main organizer” of hacking accounts.
Warren said that the crime was committed for the purpose of enrichment, however, because of hacking of accounts of a number of famous people had the threat of “destabilization of financial markets in the United States and around the world,” and “undermining American policy and diplomacy.”
The Prosecutor noted that the Florida laws give you the opportunity to indict the juvenile in the number of financial crimes on the same basis as that of an adult. Clark is expected to appear before court on Saturday. If convicted, he could face a lengthy prison sentence.
The newspaper reminds that on 15 July on the pages of several American corporations and famous people on Twitter were texts about the same content. They scammers urged users to transfer funds in cryptocurrency indicated in the messages account. In exchange, they offered to return the amount in double. According to estimates of the authorities, the hackers managed to obtain more than $ 100 thousand
The company later clarified on Twitter that it was hacked about 130 accounts. One of them entered the accounts the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon musk, the founder of Microsoft Corporation bill gates, the CEO of Amazon and the richest man in the world Jeff Bezos, the head of investment Fund Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett and Joseph Biden, who is expected to be the Democratic candidate in the presidential elections in USA in November.
Earlier, the “FACTS” wrote that the US authorities have announced a reward for the capture of two Ukrainian hackers.