BREAKING: Graham Ivan Clark has been charged as the mastermind of the Twitter hack that defrauded people using profiles of celebrities and politicians

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Graham Ivan Clark, a Florida teenager has been arrested as the suspected mastermind of the Twitter hack that defrauded people using profiles of celebrities and politicians.

The hack which took place two weeks ago took over the Twitter accounts of multiple celebrities and world leaders, including Kanye West, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and former President Barack Obama.

Graham Ivan Clark, a 17-year-old who was charged as an adult, stole the identities of those prominent users and scammed more than $100,000 in Bitcoin from their unsuspecting followers, the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

He was arrested Friday morning in Tampa and is facing multiple counts of fraud.

Twitter released a short statement following the announcement.

“We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses,” the company wrote.

State Attorney Andrew Warren said the politicians and celebrities targeted by the hack were not the primary victims.

“This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida,” he said. “This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that.”

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