How a 17-year-old masterminded this year’s biggest and most high-profile hacks on Twitter

How a 17-year-old masterminded this year’s biggest and most high-profile hacks on Twitter

How a 17-year-old masterminded this year’s biggest and most high-profile hacks on Twitter

AlbertflexAlbertflex in August 05, 2020

A 17-year-old Florida teenager is accused of masterminding one of the year’s biggest and most high-profile security breaches on social blogging platform Twitter in recent yaers

A federal 30-count indictment filed in Tampa alleged that the teenager Graham Ivan Clark used a phone spearphishing attack to get through multiple layers of Twitter’s security and bypassed its two-factor authentication to gain access to an internal “admin” tool that let the hacker take over any account. With two accomplices named in a separate federal indictment, Clark — who went by the online handle “Kirk” — allegedly used the tool to hijack the accounts of dozens of celebrities and public figures, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk and former president Barack Obama, to tweet a cryptocurrency scam netting over $180,000 in bitcoin in just a few hours. The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address.

According to experts and security professionals, the attack was a sophisticated one that required technical skills and an ability to trick and manipulate the minds of people. Some were impressed, comparing the attack to one that had the finesse and professionalism of a well resourced nation-state attacker. However, The New York Times describes Clark was an “adept scammer with an explosive temper.”

But then, in his defence, the teenager disclosed that the attack could have been alot worse that just promising to “double your money,” Clark and his compatriots could have wreaked havoc like the event of 2013, where hackers hijacked the Associated Press’ Twitter account and tweeted a fake bomb attack on the White House, sending the markets plunging but later recovered after it was confirmed to be fake news.

With the ability to control some of the world’s most popular Twitter accounts, the teenager Clark became one of the most popular and famous personality in the world atleast for a few hours. If found guilty, the teenager could spend his early and better years in jail.

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20 Comments

IhekoronyeanozieIhekoronyeanozie in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

They should employ the boy,, they should not allow him to suffer in jail,, he has a talent...

CaliminerCaliminer in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

He shouldn't be sent to jail we are in a technological era where everyone gets to show what they are good at. We can't say what he did was right but if you look at it on the bright side that a genius at work instead of being jailed he should be employed

Nicejerry247Nicejerry247 in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

17 years old see what technology is doing in our daily life today

JudycareJudycare in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

This young guy should be hired by Twitter,he is intelligent and his skills should not be over looked

EmmanuelblueEmmanuelblue in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

I'm trying to understand if this was done after the previous scam similar to this one took place I think last month. Let it not be cause any one who falls to this is not a type that learn lessons. In all, the culprit will be judged!

JuleehorseJuleehorse in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

Wow, this is so shocking, I mean a boy of that age with tremendious skills!!

OnyilaOnyila in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

Unbelievable! Hacking has become the order of the day. Even a boy of 17yrs can do such. Nothing is secured in the internet. In other to be on a safer side, lets be cautious on every information we post.

SoundgodSoundgod in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

With skills like this, he should have applied for a job in any firm cos he would get it rather than to go into fraud and end up spending a valuable portion of his life behind bars.

Wilson24Wilson24 in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

This news is mind blowing! The way the digital world is developing fast, certain loop holes are meant to happen and this leads to a great risk if noticed by a hacker. Well there are most cases were the cybercrime committed might not be detected till after a month or more...there need to be a well secured way, to avoid unnecessary hacking

Nnenye555Nnenye555 in Aug 06, 2020 Reply

Nawa oh children of nowadays they don't think a meaningful thing that will change their life for good Any ways that's the world we're living

EmmanueljoelEmmanueljoel in Aug 08, 2020 Reply

This news is mind blowing! The way the digital world is developing fast, certain loop holes are meant to happen and this leads to a great risk if noticed by a hacker. Well there are most cases were the cybercrime committed might not be detected till after a month or more...there need to be a well secured way, to avoid unnecessary hacking

EmmanueljoelEmmanueljoel in Aug 08, 2020 Reply

With skills like this, he should have applied for a job in any firm cos he would get it rather than to go into fraud and end up spending a valuable portion of his life behind bars.

Paschal0000Paschal0000 in Aug 13, 2020 Reply

Hmmmm!!! It's amazing that a 17yrs old guy hacked Twitter. I suggest twitter company hires him for good. But it'll be very silly if he sees it as a means of defrauding people

OlabamideleOlabamidele in Aug 13, 2020 Reply

The likes of Graham Clark are everywhere. If truly the 'future' is the concern of all, then let all hands be on deck. Intelligent and weird teens/youth should be spotted, captured, and trained to make meaningful impacts on people.

JustseyifunmiJustseyifunmi in Aug 14, 2020 Reply

Hmmm! A 17year old boy pulled up a hack as big as this. This is amazing and at the same time bad cos act of fraudulent should not be encouraged.

Collins180Collins180 in Aug 25, 2020 Reply

This young guy should seriously be hired by Twitter Dis potential he has will really go a long way but dat not withstanding he needs to be disciplined also

Nero6010Nero6010 in Aug 31, 2020 Reply

Hmmm! A 17year old boy pulled up a hack as big as this. This is amazing and at the same time bad cos act of fraudulent should not be encouraged.

Jozy123Jozy123 in Aug 31, 2020 Reply

This guy should seriously be hired by Twitter Dis potential he has will really go a long way but dat not withstanding he needs to be disciplined also

Omega1Omega1 in Sep 01, 2020 Reply

If he can be reached and guided he will be useful and enhance web security for many and reduce hacking crime

Omega1Omega1 in Sep 02, 2020 Reply

He is still very young,he need to be disciplined and advised so as to use his intelligence for the good web security and help reduce cyba crime among teenagers and even adults

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