3 charged over high-profile Twitter hack, Bitcoin scam

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Two teenagers and a 22-year-old were charged Friday with the hacking of high-profile Twitter accounts belonging to prominent U.S. figures including former President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in an alleged bitcoin scam, U.S. authorities said.

The three — a 19-year-old Briton and two individuals from Florida — are alleged to have reaped more than $100,000 in Bitcoin, a well-known cryptocurrency, in just one day by sending solicitations for Bitcoin deposits from the hacked Twitter accounts with a false promise to double the amount given.

Twitter logo displayed on a phone screen in Tehatta, Nadia, West Bengal, India on June 16, 2020. (NurPhoto/Getty/Kyodo)

Around 130 accounts pertaining to politicians, celebrities and musicians were compromised during the July 15 incident. The Twitter attack consisted of “a combination of technical breaches and social…

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