Two teenagers and a 22-year-old man were charged yesterday for their alleged involvement in the Twitter attack earlier this month. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, Mason Sheppard, 19, of the United Kingdom, and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida have all been identified and charged. Among the 130 confirmed compromised accounts included some of the platforms most high-profile users. The accounts of presidential candidate Joe Biden, former president Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mike Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were used for a cryptocurrency scam. Twitter says stolen employee credentials were used to fool other internal company employees into giving out access to the accounts.
The attack, which took place on July 15, has massive security implications. It shows the questionable amount of control Twitter employees have over user accounts. The vulnerability is worrisome; given 166 million daily active users rely on Twitter for live information. Evidence suggests, 17 year old, Graham Clark, was the leader of the attack. It also appears that Clark was already under investigation for another unrelated attack from April. The other attack involved the theft of $700,000 worth of BTC. While the Twitter hack will continue to collect massive headlines, the attack is a sobering reminder that anyone is vulnerable to malicious hackers.