The culprit behind a massive Twitter hack on July 15 may have been caught, as a 17-year-old Florida male has been arrested and met with 30 felony charges by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who have accused him of being the "mastermind" behind the scheme.
Prosecutors in Florida on Friday said they have filed a slew of criminal charges against a 17-year-old accused of masterminding the massive hack of high-profile Twitter users in mid-July.More news: Antonio Brown suspended 8 games by NFL
Warren said the suspect would be prosecuted in Florida's Hillsborough County because the defendant "committed the crime here".
Attackers also targeted specific employees who had access to account support tools, Twitter said here adding that it restricted access to its internal tools and systems ever since the incident occurred. He faces 30 felony charges, according to a news release.
"This attack relied on a significant and concerted attempt to mislead certain employees and exploit human vulnerabilities to gain access to our internal systems", the company tweeted.
According to a Reuters report, over 1,000 Twitter contractors and employees had access to the company's internal tools before the attack.More news: Kodak CEO the picture of wealth on stock rally, government deal
"As a result, some features (namely, accessing the Your Twitter Data download feature) and processes have been impacted".
"Using the credentials of employees with access to these tools, the attackers targeted 130 Twitter accounts, ultimately Tweeting from 45, accessing the DM inbox of 36, and downloading the Twitter Data of 7". This knowledge then enabled them to target additional employees who did have access to our account support tools.
Spear-phishing is a more targeted version of phishing, an impersonation scam that uses email or other electronic communications to deceive recipients into handing over sensitive information.
Twitter says that it has "significantly" limited employees' access to its internal systems and support tools during the ongoing investigation and that it expects response times to some user reports and support needs to be slower until normal operations will be resumed.More news: Judge bans lawyers from identifying Epstein abuse victims