The Reading / Listening - Hackers - Level 6

Three people have been charged for their alleged involvement in the massive hacking attack on Twitter that took place on July the 15th. Hackers hacked into 130 high-profile accounts, including those of former US President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Joe Biden, rapper Kanye West, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The accounts of companies like Apple and Uber were also breached. The hack was part of a bitcoin scam. The perpetrators compromised Twitter's administrative tools to gain access to the accounts. They then altered the accounts to post legitimate-looking tweets that informed followers they could double any funds sent to a bitcoin account.

The three suspects were arrested on Friday. One is a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom, the other two are American citizens aged 17 and 22. The 17-year-old is a resident of Florida. State investigators believe him to be the mastermind of the hack. A state attorney has filed 30 felony charges against him for "scamming people across America". The teen 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 hack resulted in 415 transfers being made into the suspects' bitcoin accounts, worth nearly $118,000.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Hackers - Level 4  or  Hackers - Level 5

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/31/tech/alleged-twitter-hacker-arrested/index.html
  • https://www.wfla.com/news/hillsborough-county/tampa-teen-accused-of-being-mastermind-behind-twitter-hack-that-targeted-high-profile-accounts/
  • https://www.engadget.com/teenager-arrested-twitter-bitcoin-hack-183302700.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. HACKERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about hackers. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       charged / hacking / attack / high profile / account / Apple / bitcoin / scam / funds /
       suspects / citizens / resident / mastermind / felony / fraudulent / belief / transfers
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Students A strongly believe we should put no personal information online; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MASSIVE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "massive". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

MY e-BOOK
See a sample

5. ONLINE DANGERS: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest online dangers at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • hacking
  • phishing
  • cyber-bullying
  • fake news
  • malware
  • scams
  • bad eyesight
  • lack of exercise

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. alleged a. The fact or condition of being part of an event or situation.
      2. involvement b. A dishonest scheme; a fraud.
      3. candidate c. Made a gap in and break through a wall, barrier, security system or defense.
      4. breached d. A person who applies for a job or is nominated for election.
      5. scam e. Said, without proof, to have taken place or happened.
      6. perpetrator f. Conforming to the law or to rules.
      7. legitimate g. A person who carries out a harmful, illegal, or immoral act.

    Paragraph 2

      8. suspect h. In a way that prevents a person from being identified by name.
      9. resident i. A person thought to be guilty of a crime or offense.
      10. attorney j. Obtained, done by, or involving deception, especially criminal deception.
      11. felony k. A result or effect of an action or condition.
      12. fraudulent l. A lawyer.
      13. anonymously m. A crime.
      14. consequence n. A person who lives somewhere permanently or on a long-term basis.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The Twitter attack took place earlier this month.     T / F
  2. Hackers accessed 130 high-profile accounts.     T / F
  3. The account of a former US President was hacked.     T / F
  4. The hackers managed to gain access to administrative tools in Twitter.    T / F
  5. All of the alleged perpetrators are teenagers.     T / F
  6. The brains behind the attack is believed to be 17 years old.     T / F
  7. One of the men faces 30 felony charges.     T / F
  8. The scam netted the perpetrators over a million dollars.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. alleged
  2. massive
  3. candidate
  4. scam
  5. altered
  6. citizens
  7. mastermind
  8. felony
  9. perpetrated
  10. worth
  1. brains
  2. nominee
  3. nationals
  4. carried out
  5. huge
  6. crime
  7. changed
  8. supposed
  9. valued at
  10. fraud

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Three people have been charged for
  2. hacked into 130
  3. Apple and Uber were also
  4. altered the accounts to post legitimate-
  5. double any funds sent
  6. The three suspects were
  7. state
  8. believe him to be the mastermind
  9. 10 counts of fraudulent use
  10. perpetrated anonymously and without
  1. breached
  2. consequence
  3. to a bitcoin account
  4. arrested on Friday
  5. investigators
  6. of the hack
  7. their alleged involvement
  8. of personal information
  9. looking tweets
  10. high-profile accounts

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
altered
breached
funds
profile
access
charged
compromised
former

Three people have been (1) _____________________ for their alleged involvement in the massive hacking attack on Twitter that took place on July the 15th. Hackers hacked into 130 high- (2) _____________________ accounts, including those of (3) _____________________ US President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Joe Biden, rapper Kanye West, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The accounts of companies like Apple and Uber were also (4) _____________________. The hack was part of a bitcoin scam. The perpetrators (5) _____________________ Twitter's administrative tools to gain (6) _____________________ to the accounts. They then (7) _____________________ the accounts to post legitimate-looking tweets that informed followers they could double any (8) _____________________ sent to a bitcoin account.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
worth
felony
citizens
false
perpetrated
suspects
multiple
mastermind

The three (9) _____________________ were arrested on Friday. One is a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom, the other two are American (10) _____________________ aged 17 and 22. The 17-year-old is a resident of Florida. State investigators believe him to be the (11) _____________________ of the hack. A state attorney has filed 30 (12) _____________________ charges against him for "scamming people across America". The teen faces (13) _____________________ charges, including 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information. A lawyer told CNN: "There is a (14) _____________________ belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be (15) _____________________ anonymously and without consequence." The hack resulted in 415 transfers being made into the suspects' bitcoin accounts, (16) _____________________ nearly $118,000.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) people have been charged for their alleged involvement in the ______
     a.  massively hacking attack
     b.  missive hacking attack
     c.  mass sieve hacking attack
     d.  massive hacking attack
2)  former US President Barack Obama, presidential ______
     a.  candidate Joe Biden
     b.  candidacy Joe Biden
     c.  candidate see Joe Biden
     d.  candid date Joe Biden
3)  were also breached. The hack was part of ______
     a.  a bitcoin scum
     b.  a bitcoin scram
     c.  a bitcoin scam
     d.  a bitcoin scamp
4)  The perpetrators compromised Twitter's administrative tools ______
     a.  to gain excess
     b.  to gain access
     c.  to gain recess
     d.  to gain axe sis
5)  post legitimate-looking tweets that informed followers they could ______
     a.  doublet any funds
     b.  double any funds
     c.  doubled any funds
     d.  doubles any funds

6)  a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom, the other two ______
     a.  are American citizen
     b.  are American citizenry
     c.  are American denizens
     d.  are American citizens
7)  State investigators believe him to be the mastermind ______
     a.  of the heck
     b.  of the shack
     c.  of the hick
     d.  of the hack
8)  A state attorney has filed 30 ______
     a.  felony charges
     b.  baloney charges
     c.  balcony charges
     d.  feline charges
9)  Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously ______
     a.  and without consequential
     b.  and without con sequence
     c.  and without con sequences
     d.  and without consequence
10)  The hack resulted in 415 transfers being made into the suspects' ______
     a.  bitcoin recounts
     b.  bitcoin accounts
     c.  bitcoin hack counts
     d.  bitcoin hack ounce

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Three people have been charged (1) ____________________ involvement in the massive hacking attack on Twitter that took place on July the 15th. (2) ____________________ 130 high-profile accounts, including those of former US President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Joe Biden, rapper Kanye West, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The (3) ____________________ like Apple and Uber were also breached. The hack was part of a bitcoin scam. The perpetrators compromised Twitter's administrative (4) ____________________ access to the accounts. They then (5) ____________________ to post legitimate-looking tweets that informed followers they could (6) ____________________ sent to a bitcoin account.

The three (7) ____________________ on Friday. One is a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom, the other two are American citizens aged 17 and 22. The 17-year-old is (8) ____________________ Florida. State investigators believe him to be the mastermind of the hack. A (9) ____________________ filed 30 felony charges against him for "scamming people across America". The teen (10) ____________________, including 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information. A lawyer told CNN: "There is (11) ____________________ within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence." The (12) ____________________ 415 transfers being made into the suspects' bitcoin accounts, worth nearly $118,000.

Comprehension questions

  1. When did the Twitter hack take place?
  2. How many accounts were hacked?
  3. Which rapper's account was hacked?
  4. What tools did the hackers gain access to?
  5. What was the return on money promised by the hackers?
  6. How old is the youngest person who was arrested?
  7. How many felony charges does one of the alleged hackers face?
  8. What news agency was mentioned in the article?
  9. Who did a lawyer say had a false belief?
  10. How much money was deposited in the hackers' bitcoin accounts?

Multiple choice quiz

1) When did the Twitter hack take place?
a) July the 30th
b) July the 20th
c) July the 5th
d) July the 15th
2) How many accounts were hacked?
a) 120
b) 130
c) 140
d) 110
3) Which rapper's account was hacked?
a) Kendrick Lamar
b) Eminem
c) JayZ
d) Kanye West
4) What tools did the hackers gain access to?
a) axes
b) picture tools
c) administrative tools
d) hacking tools
5) What was the return on money promised by the hackers?
a) 10%
b) variable
c) two-year
d) double

6) How old is the youngest person who was arrested?
a) 18
b) 19
c) 17
d) 20
7) How many felony charges does one of the alleged hackers face?
a) 30
b) 20
c) 25
d) 35
8) What news agency was mentioned in the article?
a) BBC
b) Al Jazeera
c) CNN
d) ABC
9) Who did a lawyer say had a false belief?
a) tweeters
b) the criminal hacker community
c) attorneys
d) social media users
10) How much money was deposited in the hackers' bitcoin accounts?
a) nearly $118,000
b) nearly $128,000
c) nearly $180,000
d) nearly $188,000

Role play

Role  A – Hacking
You think hacking is the biggest online danger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as dangerous. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): fake news, cyber-bullying or a lack of exercise.

Role  B – Fake News
You think fake news is the biggest online danger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as dangerous. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): hacking, cyber-bullying or a lack of exercise.

Role  C – Cyber-Bullying
You think cyber-bullying is the biggest online danger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as dangerous. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): fake news, hacking or a lack of exercise.

Role  D – Lack of Exercise
You think a lack of exercise is the biggest online danger. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as dangerous. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): fake news, cyber-bullying or hacking.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'teen'

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  • and 'hacker'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • charged
    • 130
    • breached
    • part
    • gain
    • doubled
    • one
    • resident
    • 30
    • 10
    • consequence
    • worth

    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Hackers

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'hacker'?
    3. What do you know about hacking?
    4. How worried are you about being hacked?
    5. How big a problem is hacking?
    6. Why are governments so worried about hacking?
    7. How confident are you your personal information is safe online?
    8. What would be the worst sites in your country to be hacked?
    9. How can hackers breach the security of sites like Twitter?
    10. What do you think of the hack on Twitter?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'Twitter'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What should happen to the hackers?
    5. Have you ever masterminded anything?
    6. Have you ever fallen for a scam?
    7. What do you know about bitcoin?
    8. What do you think of Twitter?
    9. Will hackers always be able to get into websites?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Twitter CEO?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Three people have been charged for their (1) ____ involvement in the massive hacking attack on Twitter that took place on July the 15th. Hackers hacked into 130 high-profile accounts, including (2) ____ of former US President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Joe Biden, rapper Kanye West, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The accounts of companies like Apple and Uber were also (3) ____. The hack was part of a bitcoin (4) ____. The perpetrators compromised Twitter's administrative tools to (5) ____ access to the accounts. They then altered the accounts to post legitimate-looking tweets that informed followers they could double (6) ____ funds sent to a bitcoin account.

    The three (7) ____ were arrested on Friday. One is a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom, the other two are American citizens aged 17 and 22. The 17-year-old is a resident of Florida. State investigators believe him to be the (8) ____ of the hack. A state attorney has filed 30 (9) ____ charges against him for "scamming people across America". The teen faces multiple charges, including 10 (10) ____ 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 (11) ____ anonymously and without consequence." The hack resulted in 415 transfers being made into the suspects' bitcoin accounts, (12) ____ nearly $118,000.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     allegory     (b)     alleged     (c)     litigated     (d)     litigious    
    2. (a)     them     (b)     those     (c)     that     (d)     they    
    3. (a)     poached     (b)     broached     (c)     beached     (d)     breached    
    4. (a)     scram     (b)     scam     (c)     scrum     (d)     scum    
    5. (a)     take     (b)     gain     (c)     hold     (d)     do    
    6. (a)     many     (b)     much     (c)     any     (d)     most    
    7. (a)     respects     (b)     inspects     (c)     suspects     (d)     insects    
    8. (a)     master chef     (b)     master class     (c)     mastermind     (d)     masterly    
    9. (a)     baloney     (b)     peony     (c)     penal     (d)     felony    
    10. (a)     counts     (b)     numbers     (c)     orders     (d)     numerals    
    11. (a)     perpetrated     (b)     consulted     (c)     inculcated     (d)     traversed    
    12. (a)     worthless     (b)     worthy     (c)     worth     (d)     worthwhile

    Spelling

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    (...)  two are American citizens aged 17 and 22. The 17-year-old is a resident of Florida. State investigators believe
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    Put the words in the right order

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    10. transfers   being   resulted   in   415   made   .   hack   The

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The three suspects were arresting / arrested on Friday. One is a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom, the other two are American citizens ages / aged 17 and 22. The 17-year-old is a resident of Florida. State investigators believe him to be the mastermind / masterclass of the hack. A state attorney has filed 30 felony / baloney charges against him for "scamming people across America". The teen heads / faces multiple charges, including 10 counts of fraudulent use / action of personal information. A lawyer told CNN: "There is a false belief / believe within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be penetrated / perpetrated anonymously and without consequence." The hack resulted in / on 415 transfers being made into the suspects' bitcoin accounts, worth / value nearly $118,000.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    three people have been charged for their alleged involvement in the massive hacking attack on twitter that took place on july the 15th hackers hacked into 130 highprofile accounts including those of former us president barack obama presidential candidate joe biden rapper kanye west amazon ceo jeff bezos and spacex and tesla ceo elon musk the accounts of companies like apple and uber were also breached the hack was part of a bitcoin scam the perpetrators compromised twitters administrative tools to gain access to the accounts they then altered the accounts to post legitimatelooking tweets that informed followers they could double any funds sent to a bitcoin account

    the three suspects were arrested on friday one is a 19yearold from the united kingdom the other two are american citizens aged 17 and 22 the 17yearold is a resident of florida state investigators believe him to be the mastermind of the hack a state attorney has filed 30 felony charges against him for scamming people across america the teen 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 hack resulted in 415 transfers being made into the suspects bitcoin accounts worth nearly 118000

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Threepeoplehavebeenchargedfortheirallegedinvolvementinthemas
    sivehackingattackonTwitterthattookplaceonJulythe15th.Hackersha
    ckedinto130high-profileaccounts,includingthoseofformerUSPresi
    dentBarackObama,presidentialcandidateJoeBiden,rapperKanyeWe
    st,AmazonCEOJeffBezosandSpaceXandTeslaCEOElonMusk.Theacc
    ountsofcompanieslikeAppleandUberwerealsobreached.Thehackwas
    partofabitcoinscam.TheperpetratorscompromisedTwitter'sadminist
    rativetoolstogainaccesstotheaccounts.Theythenalteredtheaccounts
    topostlegitimate-lookingtweetsthatinformedfollowerstheycoulddou
    bleanyfundssenttoabitcoinaccount.Thethreesuspectswerearrested
    onFriday.Oneisa19-year-oldfromtheUnitedKingdom,theothertwoar
    eAmericancitizensaged17and22.The17-year-oldisaresidentofFlor
    ida.Stateinvestigatorsbelievehimtobethemastermindofthehack.Ast
    ateattorneyhasfiled30felonychargesagainsthimfor"scammingpeopl
    eacrossAmerica".Theteenfacesmultiplecharges,including10countso
    ffraudulentuseofpersonalinformation.AlawyertoldCNN:"Thereisafal
    sebeliefwithinthecriminalhackercommunitythatattacksliketheTwitt
    erhackcanbeperpetratedanonymouslyandwithoutconsequence."Th
    ehackresultedin415transfersbeingmadeintothesuspects'bitcoinacc
    ounts,worthnearly$118,000.

    Free writing

    Write about hackers for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    People should put as little personal information online as possible. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. HACKERS: Make a poster about hackers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Write a magazine article about laws limiting what personal information we can put online. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on hacking. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on hacking. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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