On Tuesday, US authorities questioned a teenager from Massachusetts who appears to have played a key role in the so-called "Twitter hack" that took place on July 15.
When authorities arrested Graham Ivan Clark, who they said was the "brain" of the recent Twitter hack that trapped Kanye West, Bill Gates and others, what stood out was his age: He was just 17 years old.
Authorities are now investigating another man who appears to have played an equal, if not more important, role in the July 15 attack - according to four investigators who declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing. They said the person was partly responsible for its design violation and the execution of some very sensitive and complex information her.
The age of the person; Just 16 years old.
On Tuesday, federal agents interrogated the teenager and, having a search warrant, searched his home in Massachusetts where he lives with his parents.
The investigation warrant and other documents in the case are confidential and federal agents may not charge the young man with criminal ενέργειες. If arrested, the case is likely to be referred to the Massachusetts authorities. (The New York Times did not name the teen because of his age and because he was not arrested.)
Rarely do federal agents investigate someone so young in a hacking case, especially given the apparent complexity of the attack. The attackers gained control of his systems social network and endangered Barack's accounts Obama, Joseph R. Biden Jr., Jeff Bezos and many other prominent people, revealing how vulnerable Twitter could be.
Authorities have already charged three people in the case. As mentioned above, Mr. Clark was considered the mastermind of the case, whom the Florida prosecutors accused of 30 crimes. He stated that he is not guilty and did not pay bail to get out of jail. The other two are Mason John Sheppard, 19, from the United Kingdom and Nima Fazeli, 22, from Orlando, Florida.
Investigators say the Massachusetts teenager appeared to be involved in plotting the Twitter attack with Mr Clark in May. "He was smarter than the others," said Joseph O'Connor, a hacker known as PlugWalkJoe. Mr O'Connor said he had spoken to some of the people involved in the Twitter hack and was aware of the teenager's role in the plot.
The secure communications of young people made it more difficult for researchers to locate him. But Mr O'Connor, like many others, said he made video calls to friends on the day of the breach and showed them he was inside. systems Twitter back-end.
The teenager was known for his calls to employees of companies such as Twitter. He often pretended to be the contractor / employee to persuade employees to enter their credentials on fake websites, a method known as voice phishing.
After the hack on Twitter, the teenager became the focus of investigators because he continued to be involved in voice e-fishing attacks, said people who participated in the research.
At the age of 13, the boy bought a set of website with pornographic "names" and tried to resell them using his personal address and email.
Also during that time, his email and IP appeared on OGusers.com, which was the "home" of other people involved in the Twitter hack. The site allows hackers to buy and sell coveted names users from real gangsters to social media sites.
The teenager changed nicknames very often, according to information analysis by Intel471. The messages he published from his accounts included swearing and anti-Semitic and homophobic comments.
He later contacted Mr Clark on the internet and they started working together, said people who participated in research. Their first collaboration, as reported by the hackers and confirmed by the researchers, was the so-called SIM swaps, a hacking method often used to steal social media accounts.
Late last year and earlier this year, hackers and investigators said the teenager was part of a team that hacked into GoDaddy, a domain-based company that offers web hosting services.
In May, the Massachusetts teenager and Mr. Clark began tricking Twitter employees into giving their login credentials, leading to the July 15 hack.
Source of information: New York Times