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Teenager arrested for Twitter Bitcoin scam targeting Elon Musk & Mr Beast

Published: 31/Jul/2020 20:00 Updated: 31/Jul/2020 21:49

by Virginia Glaze

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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 FBI, who have accused him of being the “mastermind” behind the scheme.

UPDATE 1:45 PM PST – As reported by Fox Business, four individuals have been arrested for their involvement in the scheme, three of which are also teens. 19-year-old UK citizen Mason Sheppard was charged with “conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer” by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, while 22-year-old Nima Fazeli was charged for aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer.

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The third member of the crew is reported to be a juvenile, whose name has not yet been released.


The morning of July 31, a 17-year-old based in Tampa Florida was placed under arrest by the US Secret Service, FBI, and IRS following a massive Twitter hack that compromised the accounts of numerous high-profile users.

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Graham Clark has been met with 30 felony charges, including hacking, identity theft, organized fraud, and communications fraud — all in connection with the historic hack.

The hacker in question infiltrated the verified accounts of names like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former US President Barack Obama, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and even YouTube star Mr Beast, as well as companies like Uber and Apple.

Elon Musk hacked Tweet

Bill Gates hacked Tweet

That’s not all; each account posted the same message, asking users to send a $1,000 amount to their Bitcoin account with the promise of sending them back double the amount in a false show of charity.

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The hackers managed to amass over $100,000 before the scheme was shut down — and now, it looks like the perpetrator has finally been caught.

While the hacker behind the scam is 17, he will be tried as an adult in Florida, which allows “greater flexibility to charge a minor as an adult” as a result of the financial fraud, as told by a press conference covering the arrest.

Cleverly calling the scam a ‘Bit-Con,’ Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said the hack “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.”

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As for how the hacker managed to pull off the jaw-dropping plot, Twitter claimed that they duped employees at the company into handing over administrative login credentials via phone.

Stay tuned to Dexerto for more on this breaking story.

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Charli D’Amelio shuts down harassment of TikToker who “copied” her hair

Published: 7/Oct/2020 22:53 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 22:59

by Virginia Glaze

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It’s no secret that TikTok star Charli D’Amelio has a dedicated fanbase, but some supporters began accusing another TikToker of copying her hairstyle — and the Queen was not happy about these allegations.

Charli D’Amelio is the most-followed content creator on TikTok, having reached a whopping 90 million followers since rising to the top of the platform in March.

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Boasting her own drink at Dunkin’ Donuts, her own makeup collection with Morphe and her own line of Hollister hoodies, the youngest D’Amelio sister has amassed quite the empire in a short time — as well as a seriously intense fanbase.

While hopping on popular trends is quite the norm these days, some viewers have accused innocent TikTokers of copying Charli, even alleging that older sister Dixie had “copied” her nose surgery.

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This behavior hasn’t stopped, it seems, as other fans claimed that TikToker Madi Monroe had copied Charli’s hairstyle after dying her blonde hair with streaks of rose gold (or pink, depending on how you look at it).

Charli dyed her own black hair a shade of purple underneath, and while it could be true that other influencers have taken inspiration from her new ‘do, the TikTok Queen wasn’t too pleased with those piling on Monroe for her fashion choices.

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In fact, Charli claimed that other names like Avani Gregg and Hayley had kickstarted the trend by dying their hair before she’d even made the decision to go purple, as told in a pointed response to the online outrage.

Charli D'Amelio decries users accusing Madi Monroe of copying her hairstyle.

“Hayley and Avani dyed their hair like this before me,” she explained in a TikTok comment. “I did not start this trend. Also, who cares? Madi looks amazing as per usual and she is rocking the pink hair.”

Madi followed up Charli’s comment with a statement of her own, showing tons of love to the purple-haired TikTok guru.

Madi Monroe shows some love to Charli D'Amelio in a comment.

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“Why is this even tea?” she said of the issue. “Hell yeah, Char rocks this hairstyle. That comment wasn’t supposed to be rude but NGL I’D LOVE TO LOOK EXACTLY LIKE CHARLI SHE’S THE BADDEST!”

It looks like there’s no bad blood between these two influencers, who have had enough of the made-up drama surrounding their hairstyle choices.