A US teenager has been charged of hacking into the Twitter accounts of a host of A-list celebs.
Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested on Friday morning in Tampa, Florida, following a federal investigation.
He allegedly targeted influential stars, businessmen and even former President Barack Obama.
He faces 30 charges to prosecuted in state court, in what authorities say may be the largest social media breach in history.
Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office announced on Friday Clark is suspected of being the “mastermind” of a large scale breach of Twitter on July 15.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice conducted a complex nationwide investigation, locating and apprehending the suspect in Hillsborough County,” the statement said.
The charges include organised fraud, communications fraud, fraudulent use of personal information and access of computer or electronic device without authority.
He allegedly hacked A-listers accounts to ask for bitcoin donations and netted around $100,000, allegedly gaining access to the accounts of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Bill Gates and Elon Musk among others.
Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said: ‘This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans all over the country, including right here in Florida.
“This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that.”
On Thursday Twitter made a statement on the breach.
In a blog post the company wrote: “The social engineering that occurred on July 15, 2020, targeted a small number of employees through a phone spear phishing attack.
“A successful attack required the attackers to obtain access to both our internal network as well as specific employee credentials that granted them access to our internal support tools. Not all of the employees that were initially targeted had permissions to use account management tools, but the attackers used their credentials to access our internal systems and gain information about our processes.”
Following the Friday arrest Twitter added: “We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses.
“For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.”