IRS-CI Announces Charges Against Three Individuals, Including Florida Teen, In Twitter Hack

IRS-CI Announces Charges Against Three Individuals, Including Florida Teen, In Twitter Hack

A Twitter logo is seen on a computer screen in this photo illustration on October 31, 2017. (Photo ... [+] by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


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Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) has announced charges against three individuals for their alleged roles in the Twitter hack that occurred on July 15, 2020.


As part of the attack, verified accounts of high-profile individuals, including those belonging to former Vice President Joe Biden, Amazon AMZN CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla TSLA CEO Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mike Bloomberg, Kanye West, and Warren Buffett, were hacked and manipulated. The attack also extended to corporate accounts including Apple AAPL , Bitcoin, and Uber UBER . The hacked Twitter accounts tweeted messages promising that payments of $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address would be doubled "for the next 30 minutes."  


If you're not a Twitter user, high-profile individuals have "verified" their accounts by proving to Twitter they are indeed the real person named on the account. The verification is confirmed with a blue check, like this one:



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Additionally, as part of the attack, Twitter accounts belonging to cryptocurrency exchanges Kucoin, Coinbase, Gemini, and Binance directed users to follow a link to a website at cryptoforhealth.com. The site hosted at c ..