Three people have been charged with allegedly being involved in the hacking attack on Twitter last month. Hackers hacked into 130 high-profile accounts, including those of Barack Obama, presidential candidate Joe Biden, rapper Kanye West, and the CEOs of Amazon and Tesla. The accounts of Apple and Uber were also breached. The hack was part of a bitcoin scam. The perpetrators got into Twitter's administrative tools to gain access to the accounts. They then posted legitimate-looking tweets that informed followers they could double any money deposited in a bitcoin account.
One suspect is a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom. The other two are American citizens aged 17 and 22. State investigators believe the 17-year-old to be the mastermind of the hack. A state attorney filed 30 charges against him for "scamming people across America". He faces multiple charges, including 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information. A lawyer told CNN: "There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence." The hackers netted nearly $118,000.