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It became known that as part of the investigation into the largest hacking of the accounts of celebrities and large companies in the history of Twitter for the purpose of cryptocurrency fraud, three people were taken into custody, the youngest of whom is only 17 years old. We are talking about a recent incident when attackers hacked the accounts of Apple, Uber, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and other celebrities, after which they offered to double any payment in Bitcoin on their behalf.

The main suspect in this case was a 17-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida. His name has not been disclosed, but, according to investigators, he is the “ideological mastermind” of the largest account hacking in Twitter history. In addition to him, alleged accomplices were detained. Law enforcement believes that they are 22-year-old Nima Fazeli from Orlando, who used the nickname “Rolex,” and 19-year-old Mason Sheppard from the UK, known under the nickname “Chaewon.”

According to the charges, Fazeli faces five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for hacking computers. Sheppard is charged with computer hacking, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The maximum penalty for these crimes is a 20-year prison term and a $250,000 fine. As for the alleged juvenile organizer, he is charged with more than 30 felonies, including organized fraud, communications fraud, and identity theft and computer hacking.

Law enforcement documents say the teen "gained access" to Twitter's computer systems or networks "for the purpose of developing and executing a scheme," but it is unclear whether he interacted with the social network's internal administration tool or simply gained access to hacked accounts.

“This could have enormous consequences, even destabilizing financial markets in America and around the world. Because he had access to the Twitter accounts of influential politicians, he could undermine politics and international diplomacy. This is not a game, but a serious crime with serious consequences,” said State Attorney Andrew Warren.